MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Several current and former Montgomery police officers were at Tuesday’s City Council meeting to voice major concerns they have with the department.
Four current officers, two former officers, and an attorney addressed their concerns toward the council and mayor during the council’s work session meeting before the regularly scheduled council meeting.
The allegations ranged from bullying to coverups in the department. They said higher-ups within the department changed policing policies to suit situations and often don’t take officer complaints seriously.
They contend that when they try to make complaints to leadership, they face retaliation from the department.
The officers blamed an uptick in crime on what they say is bad leadership in MPD and say all they want is to be heard and to see fairness.
Montgomery Police Chief Ernest Finley declined to comment regarding the allegations. Neither Mayor Steven Reed nor council members commented.
The city later released this updated statement: “Tonight we heard allegations made by individuals. There is a legal process for personnel issues and that process is ongoing.”
One city official said the officers making these claims face possible termination for potential ethics violations and have asked for an investigation into the department.
The officers’ attorney says he plans to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.