By Terrence McCoy
By Scott Fishman
By Deirdra Funcheon
By Allie Conti
By New Times Staff
By Ryan Pfeffer
By Deirdra Funcheon
By Kyle Swenson
Wood ordered PBSO to reinstate Bradley. PBSO appealed her decision and presented the case before a Palm Beach County circuit judge. He concurred with Wood. PBSO appealed yet again, and the case is now before the Fourth District Court of Appeal. PBA boss Kazanjian says it could be at least another year before Bradley is reinstated and sent back to Belle Glade.
"It's very hard to overturn arbitration, which is why it's very rare for a case like this one to go on this long," Kazanjian says. "This case is going to set a precedent because I don't remember the sheriff ever appealing something like this."
For career cop Bradshaw, Gauger says, it's about asserting management's right to reassign anyone it wants anywhere it wants. For the PBA, it's about preventing the use of transfers as punishment. For Bradley, it's also about her gender.
"When I joined PBSO at 22," she says, "I didn't even know what a good-old-boys' club was. It wasn't even in my world. Now I know what it's like."
At 58, retired homicide Sgt. Cynthia Robinson can be found on her property in the hills of North Carolina. A crow croaks loudly in the sky above her porch as she reminisces about her 27 years at PBSO.
As a woman asked in her entrance interview whether she signed up to be a deputy in order to find a husband, Robinson says she feels for Kim Bradley, her former detective. She did nothing to justify her demotion, Robinson says, except question the good old boys.
Robinson says she feels she could have made at least lieutenant had she been a man. After all, she says, she handled the chores of a lieutenant for years. "There were subtle little things that would make me take notice of the disparity," says Robinson, a handwriting comparison expert. "Like, the emails the men would send would be cc'd to 'Mike, Jim, Bob, and Joe' and to 'Sgt. Robinson.' It's like they wanted to put distance between them and me. If you're not one of the boys, it's hard to get promoted."
Still, Robinson says, she's not sure PBSO's administration actively, consciously discriminates against women. The men who lead the department just don't know better.
"I don't think they are conscious there's anything wrong," she says. "They honestly believe they're doing the right thing. It's just that they never stood in women's shoes."
In small ways, the May 5 hazmat response already has had an effect.
WPB Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Green says he discussed changing procedures for hazmat incidents at the courthouse, where deputies Amoroso, Bonan, and Mottl still work. For one thing, command centers no longer will be erected in the middle of Quadrille but in a more secluded area near the building's loading dock. And he's made it clear that hazmat crews must bring their official decontamination tent.
"We didn't think that the deputies were female until we saw them come out for decontamination," Green says. "That was never communicated to us by PBSO."
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The reporting in the story is extraordinarily poor, lazy, and biased. I love how the writer sets the tone by adding flare with language like "smack-dab," and "fancy-equipment-driven," and one of my favorites, "icing on the cake of humiliation." Seriously, ever watch Brian Williams or Brokaw report the news, its done without spin and emotion. Then your rag will have a little more credibility.
It really is sad that you feel the need to add commentary and language the way you do. You aren't writing a novel or a piece for the 'National Examiner' or are you; how about a novel idea, report the facts about what happened. Did anyone in the story, including the deputies, ever use the phrase, "icing on the cake of humiliation?" How about investigate the truthfulness of the claims and the entire story before you give it your own little spin and flavor and flare.
All to often, these little local papers, get one or two people to comment and don't follow-up on the credibility of the witnesses or source. Kevin Green? Mottl? Amoroso? Bonan? What if someone at your "journalism" office claimed something about you that simply wasn't true? Would you want the journalist to print the story without finding out if it really happened or how credible the source is or the witness(s) is/are or if the accuser was an incompetent person with a history of complaining/claiming harassment? Please try it next time, you will gain a lot of respect and great deal of credibility from this reader and I'm guessing all your others as well. As of right now, you have lost one more reader because of your language and your failure to investigate the story properly before printing it.
How are the deputies victims or being treated like animals? If you weren't there to witness or a trained hazmat tech. please don't answer that question because you don't know. This is clearly a case of "she said, he said," and who should we believe….let's see. 1. If there was an act of wrong doing or maliciousness, why didn't these accusers follow the proper procedure and document it/report it immediately and appropriately? There is a policy and option for these issues or problems. 2. POLICY….when you don't know what a confiscated item is (b/c it can't go through security b/c it's dangerous) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT pick it up, look at it, smell it, taste it, or touch it and say "uh...what's this?" If they did their job by the rules, this even doesn't occur. 3. Hmmm….pepper spray discharges randomly...but randomly when they decide to touch it and pick it up, ever heard of operator error? How about, "don't touch it, it was confiscated because it's dangerous." In fact, it says so right on the "unknown" item, you can read the warning label without touching it, that's if you are really that concerned about it. Now, they want to accuse FF/other deputies of wrong doing…nonsense and blasphemy! These are the men AND WOMEN that risk their lives during real HAZMAT incidents, ever heard of the Bahrona's. These are good people, cops and firefighters protect us and should be treated with respect and admiration, wouldn't the deputies making accusations say the same thing about public servants or is this an attempt to get a free ride? It sounds like the only ones at fault are the deputies that failed to follow procedure on more than one occasion. What do their personnel reviews and files look like? How can anyone believe this story, if they can't' get the basics of their profession correct.THEY ARE ATTEMPTING TO DEFLECT THEIR FAILURES, RULE BREAKING, AND NEGLIGENCE ONTO OTHERS, MAKING IT EVEN WORSE, ITS ONTO SWORN PUBLIC SERVANTS. THIS IS CLEARLY NOT BELIEVABLE AND SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN ANY CREDENCE!
ANN BURKE IS NOT THE PERSON THIS ARTICLE MAKES HER OUT TO BE.SHE IS A VICIOUS PERSON, MANIPULATIVE, AND A LIAR. WHEN SHE WAS IN ANY KIND OF POWER POSITION SHE RUINED MANY GOOD DEPUTIES CAREERS. SHE SHOULD OF BEEN FIRED FOR WHAT SHE DID. THE ONLY VICTIM IN THIS ARTICLE IS KIM BRADLEY. SHE IS A VERY GOOD DEPUTY SHERIFF AND SHE WAS TRULY TREATED UNFAIRLY.
So the Deputies are saying they were stripped down, hosed down, and humiliated... Isn't that what they do to Citizens they arrest? Maybe next time they are processing detainees they'll learn a little something from this incident.