Crestview chief: Police department remains divided

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 18:11 PM.

Mitchell brought Floyd to the Crestview department, apparently knowing he had been arrested in his past and had been in trouble as a police officer at other agencies.

The grand jury found Mitchell had shielded Floyd from pre-employment scrutiny when he was hired and that he failed to report Floyd’s alleged misdeeds to Crestview Mayor David Cadle, who oversees the police department.

It said Mitchell ordered officers with complaints against Floyd “to go through the chain of command,” which meant bringing them first to Floyd.

Jurors said Mitchell took no action after sexual harassment complaints were leveled against Floyd.

“His failure to redress Maj. Floyd’s offensive and humiliating conduct toward women and co-workers is indefensible,” the report said.

When Cadle announced he was firing Mitchell last April, he cited eroded trust and confidence in the community and low morale in the police department.

In their presentment, grand jurors noted “the conduct, courage and dedication” of most police department employees. Jurors commended the rank and file for “their fortitude and their devotion to duty in a hostile and dysfunctional work environment.”

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