• Ocoee police officers accuse department of favoritism


    OCOEE, Fla. - 9 Investigates found out the police chief of Ocoee, Charles Brown, threatened cops who complained about favoritism.

    The officers took their complaints to the city manager, the police union and the head of human resources, according to a letter obtained by Eyewitness News. The letter was not sent to the chief.

    Document: Ocoee extra duty allegations

    Eyewitness News got a hold of another letter, this one written by the police chief,  stating that he wasn’t happy his officers went over his head instead of coming to him first.

    Document: Ocoee police chief letter

    In the letter, Brown responded to officers that he looked at three years’ worth of extra duty sign-ups and found nothing wrong or indicative of favoritism.

    While some of the officers told Eyewitness News they saw the letter as a threat, the chief told Eyewitness News it wasn’t. But in the letter, the chief gave a stern warning about going outside the department with complaints. The chief said the policy is to handle issues within the department.

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