Groveland police officers, citizens to present packet of complaints to city

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GROVELAND, Fla. —

The city of Groveland has experienced one problem after another in the last year, from the police chief resigning amid controversy to the former mayor being investigated by Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigators.

Now several police officers and Groveland citizens are questioning the qualifications and actions of the Police Department's chief and top officers.

They plan to present a packet of complaints to City Council members on Monday, the same day a new city manager is scheduled to start working for the city.

Channel 9's Renee Stoll obtained a copy of the complaints.

In the packet there is documentation of racial issues within the department that date back several years and questions about funds meant for the explorer program being used elsewhere.

There are also questions about the new chief being sued by the former police union representative.

The packet details why the officers and other citizens are questioning "the qualifications, competency and integrity of the current police department's administrative staff."

Information in the complaints specifically states an issue where a woman working at a Race Trac gas station reported that a police officer grabbed her behind and then several other officers made comments about her pants being tight.

The packet does not include the outcome of the woman's report and does not say if any of the officers were reprimanded for the alleged incident.

Several months after the alleged incident the officer accused of touching the woman received a promotion.

The packet also contains the promotion score sheet of several officers who ranked higher than an officer who received a promotion, questioning if policy was broken.

A sergeant at the Groveland Police Department told Stoll that Chief of Police Melvin Tennyson is aware of the packet of complaints, but just learned about it and is not prepared to make a comment.