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Reports: Benoit Accuses Police Chief of Retaliating Against Leopold Witnesses

Reports say Anne Arundel County Councilman Jamie Benoit accused the police chief of retaliating and using homophobic slurs toward officers who testified against the former county executive.

County Councilman Jamie Benoit (D-Crownsville) requested an investigation of Police Chief Larry Tolliver by County Executive Laura Neuman, in response to complaints that Tolliver retaliated against police officers who testified against former executive John Leopold, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Benoit accused Tolliver of using homophobic slurs and reassigning officers in retribution for their roles in Leopold's criminal trial, which led to the executive's resignation and 30-day jail sentence, according to the report.

Tolliver told The Sun that no reassignments were made as demotions, and denied any wrongdoing.

Neuman told The Capital Gazette that an investigation into the allegations is underway, which is standard protocol for such complaints.

This news comes less than two weeks after Tolliver said he was "impressed" with newly-appointed executive Neuman and called her approach to police needs "refreshing" at a community meeting in Odenton.

patricia April 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Funny how this is now just coming out. Since all local, state and federal governments are equal opportunity employers, why didn't any of these officers file an EOE. I hope this is part of the investigation, cause it sure appears that the unions are behind this. And I remember Mr. Benoit being a real big "union" man. Maybe the investigation should also include tracking union PAC money to political campaigns.

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