Lakeland residents speak out about police scandals - FOX 13 News

Lakeland residents speak out about police scandals

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People in Lakeland got their chance to speak out on the sex scandal surrounding the Lakeland Police Department.

Ten officers are accused of having sex both on and off duty with a civilian employee at the department. Two officers have been fired. Two others quit. And now a second FDLE investigation is underway.

About 200 people showed up for a town hall meeting at the Lakeland Center Monday evening. Many said they were frustrated with what had been going on in the department. They urged city leaders to clean up the department and make some changes.

However, many said they stand behind the police chief.

One resident, Chandra Frederick says she does not blame the city's police chief for the scandal.

"I stand behind Police Chief Lisa Womack." she said. "She has certainly come into this situation but I believe she's done the right thing."

Residents also said they hope the city can move on from the scandal quickly.

The Police Advisory Commission is supposed to meet on Thursday to discuss the scandal. But on Monday, the panel's two co-chairs abruptly resigned citing concerns over the size and scope of the commission.

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