White Florida Police Chief Has Resigned After Labor Law Firm Issued A Report Accusing Him Of Workplace Harassment For Calling The Only Black Officer In The Department A “Token”.
A northeast Florida police chief has resigned following allegations he made racially offensive remarks toward a subordinate and then tried to thwart an investigation into the complaint.
Glen Cove Springs Police Chief Robert Musco resigned on February 23 after a labor law firm hired by the city found evidence that he violated policy by subjecting Officer Kimberly Robinson to workplace harassment, according to The Florida Times-Union.
The review also uncovered evidence that Musco put pressure on the officer to drop her complaint against him.
The complaint came from a January 12 conversation in which Musco, who’s white, referred to Robinson as a ‘token’ while discussing staffing for a Martin Luther King Jr. event.
The reported conversation involved Musco, Robinson, Assistant Chief Derek Asdot and two others.
Musco was also overheard speaking in an ‘African-American “mocking” tone’ and had also made other disparaging remarks about the holiday, according to the report.
She’s the department’s only black officer.
Robinson posted an item on her Facebook page about the conversation. The post caught the eye of an employee of a city employee in Glen Cove, who promptly alerted human resources.
City Manager Danielle Judd condemned Musco’s behavior, calling it ‘unacceptable.’
Initially, Judd was going to hand down a written reprimand against Musco, but she was furious when she discovered that he was trying to enlist other senior officers in a campaign to pressure Robinson to withdraw her complaint.
Musco, who had headed the department for 11 years, opted to save face and resign last Thursday instead of being forcibly removed by the department, according to the Times-Union.
The former police chief failed to uphold the department’s longstanding policy that bans racial discrimination, according to the report.
‘The policy was not upheld when the comments were made nor when attempts were made to create alliances among other leaders within the police department in an effort to influence the outcome of the investigation,’ according to the report.
Judd said Glen Cove makes every effort to combat racism in its midst.
‘This is not indicative of our community,’ she said. ‘We have a very embracing culture here.’