BSO Sheriff Tony Fires Biggest Critic, Says Union Prez Used Scare Tactics During Pandemic

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony fired longtime nemesis and police union President Jeff Bell Thursday, after an oversight board agreed that the sheriff’s most vocal critic misled media outlets about deputies not being offered enough protective gear during the pandemic.

In a prepared statement, Tony accused Bell of using “corrupt practices” to try and prevent him from being elected more than a year after his appointment by the governor. The sheriff said he only acted after the oversight board voted unanimously to recommend the union president’s termination.

Bell provided “misinformation and lies to the media to create fear and distrust among BSO employees and within the community during a global pandemic,” Tony said. He called the behavior of the union president, “egregious at any time but even more harmful and shameful during an unprecedented health crisis.”

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