Hallandale SWAT turned in their collective resignations in Southern Florida after local officials fuel police hatred with their public comments and actions.
The team seemed to take particular issue with one official, Vice-Mayor Sabrina Javellana, who describes herself as “As a progressive activist in Hallandale Beach and Broward County, Sabrina works to be an advocate for social justice especially in terms of economic, racial, and gender based issues.”
In a memo directed to Police Chief Sonia Quinones on Friday morning, the SWAT team stated, “The risk of carrying out our duties in this capacity is no longer acceptable to us and our families. The anguish and stress of knowing that what we may be lawfully called upon to do in today’s political climate combined with the team’s current situation and several recent local events, leave us in a position that is untenable.”
The Swat team also specified local politicians critique of law enforcement and “disdain” for their unit, specifically towards Vice-Mayor Sabrina Javellana. “She has actively protested against us and has shown that she takes pleasure in besmirching the hard work and dedication of the members of this professional agency, having the gall to compare us to the Minneapolis Police Department. This lack of support by members of the Command Staff is crippling to the agency and its rank and file.”
The eight officers and two sergeants have resigned from the team, but have not resigned from the Hallandale Beach Police Department.
“Until these conditions and sentiments are rectified and addressed we cannot safely, effectively and in good faith carry out duties in this capacity without putting ourselves and our families at this needless increased level of risk,” the memo continued.
The ten officers have agreed to meet with the police chief on Monday afternoon to discuss their concerns and turn in their equipment. They also insisted that their resignation from the SWAT unit does not pose a public safety vulnerability for residents.
The city will continue to have SWAT coverage with the help of other local police agencies.