The Board Chairman for the Black Republican Caucus in West Palm Beach, Florida is asking for the chief of police to step down immediately.
The caucus leader referenced homicide statistics as the reason behind the call for Chief Sarah Mooney’s resignation.
“There comes a point in time if your leadership is not being effective and it’s not being proactive and is reactive, then things need to be reassessed and re-evaluated.” Republican Sean Jackson said.
Jackson also noted that Chief Mooney has been neglecting the northwest area of the West Palm community – a section where violent crime is on the rise.
“Due to the nature of the current state of emergency in our Northwest neighborhood, it’s apparent that Chief Mooney is unfamiliar with community crisis management, and refuses to acknowledge publicly that there’s a problem,” he said.
Chairman of the Black Republican Caucus Sean Jackson is calling for the resignation of West Palm Beach Police Chief Sarah Mooney. Jackson says his plea comes after 2 shootings in the north end of the city this weekend..one a double homicide. So far 8 homicides in 2019, 1 solved pic.twitter.com/qBPR2XEWxV
— Michelle Quesada (@M_Quesada) April 29, 2019
In just the last few months, 8 homicides have been committed in the West Palm area.
None are solved.
This includes the violence that ensued over the past weekend, when two men were gunned down in the Palm Grove apartments. Police have yet to arrest anyone in connection with the murders.
Jackson said that Mooney has failed to create a positive relationship between police and the community. Mooney, however, believes she is acting in the best interest of her people.
“We’re out there 24-7, trying to do the best that we can to address the concerns and safety of the community,” Mooney said.
“I take it personal because I’ve been in this agency for 24 years and I’ve seen progress.”
The Police Benevolence Association is standing behind Mooney. An attorney for the PBA said that, “We think the community is behind her, as well, and I think her presence in the community speaks volumes to what she’s doing, who she is, and what her vested interest is in the city and her belief of fundamental goals (of).. and safety and crime suppression in this city.”
Mooney helped aid in the creation of West Palm Beach’s Real Time Crime Center, which includes ‘ShotSpotter’ technology, helping officers to respond to emergencies more quickly – even if they aren’t called in.
“When an explosion occurs, a gunshot occurs, the microphones pick up where the gunshot is, triangulate on that and give us an estimate within about 20 meters of where the gunshot occurred,” a member of West Palm PD said.
“Some of the research that they’ve done shows that there could be up to 80 percent of the calls or incidences that we are not capturing because someone has not called and told us about it, or we’re not in the area and we don’t hear it.”
BEHIND THE SCENES! West Palm Beach Police Department showing its Real Time Crime Center including ShotSpotter technology and license plate readers.Tonight at 6:00 on WPTV, its impact on you!
Posted by WPTV on Wednesday, November 14, 2018