RICHMOND, CA. – The police union in Richmond, California has expressed a vote of no confidence in their police chief in a shocking landslide vote on Wednesday, the Richmond Standard reports.
The vote showed that of 136 people who voted, only 19 had said that they approved the way Chief Allwyn Brown had performed in his role as chief of the California department.
That’s an 86 percent disapproval rate.
The Richmond Police Officers Association made a public statement on Thursday in which they said that the rank-and-file officers of the department didn’t have confidence in Brown.
And now they’ve demanded that City Council officials and Interim City Manager Steven Falk take action against him. They’ve requested a “thorough investigation” into how the chief has met his duties.
Brown is currently on leave while an interim chief stands in his place.
Police say that a number of prominent veteran officers have left the department over the way that Chief Brown has handled himself, and more are headed in that direction.
The president of the RPOA, Ben Therriault, said that those officers quit as a direct result of Brown’s leadership.
“Additionally, 8 more veteran officers have informed the POA that they will depart within the year,” Therriault said. “The current rudderless ship at the police department requires change at the helm. Leadership, and it’s lack thereof, always starts at the top.”
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Below is a copy of the full statement from the RPOA.
‘During the past week and over the course of the Labor Day Weekend, the men and women of the Richmond POA (Officers and Sergeants) have courageously taken a stand in support of fellow officers and the Richmond community. The RPOA voted overwhelmingly 117-19 or 86% for NO CONFIDENCE in the leadership of Chief Allwyn Brown. These results were shared at the Community Police Review Commission on 9/4/19.
One year ago, the Richmond City Council and City Manager Bill Lindsay ordered a review of the Management of the Richmond Police Department. The MDB Innovations Report eviscerated the internal leadership and direction of the department. This speaks volumes to the internal culture that continues to fail the rank and file during Chief Brown’s tenure. Chief Brown and his lack of vision and leadership have caused several departures of veteran officers to other departments in the Bay Area this year. Additionally, 8 more veteran officers have informed the POA that they will depart within the year. “The current rudderless ship at the police department requires change at the helm. Leadership, and it’s lack thereof, always starts at the top.”
Since this City Council requested the report, there have been little updates provided by Chief Brown addressing these issues. Overall, these matters have not been taken seriously by Chief Brown and the Officers and Sergeants ask that our elected representatives and City Manager Falk take action. “Please don’t allow the community police department we have worked so hard to build slip away.”
“In the interest of police transparency and accountability, we the Richmond POA believe the council should conduct a thorough internal investigation.” The RPOA will address specific concerns regarding the basis for the vote of no confidence publicly at City Council, Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 1830hrs. The referenced management report is attached.
Benjamin Therriault President
Richmond Police Officer’s Association’
Richmond police union votes ‘no confidence’ in chief of police https://t.co/WLiNSLUiWv
— Mercury News (@mercnews) September 6, 2019
The police union in New York City has also recently called out their department’s leader, Commissioner James O’Neill. The NYC Police Benevolent Association instilled a vote of “no confidence” in both O’Neill and Mayor Bill de Blasio when it comes to protecting a defending those who hold the thin blue line.
“For years, Mayor de Blasio has demonized police officers and undermined our efforts to protect our city,” PBA President Patrick Lynch said.
Officers across the country have had enough with the political games and lack of support for those who wear the badge – especially when it comes to other members of the blue turning their backs on their departments.