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Polk County State Attorney Blasts Police Chief

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Polk County’s state attorney has written a letter to Lakeland’s city manager, criticizing what he calls the city’s inaction in the face of scandals at the Lakeland Police Department.

In a letter Friday to Doug Thomas, the county’s top prosecutor Jerry Hill said Chief Lisa Womack is “incapable of leading” the department and tells Thomas “it is past time for action.”

The Lakeland Ledger reports that Jerry Hill stopped short of calling for Womack’s dismissal.

The agency has been overwhelmed with problems; including an officer’s arrest this week and a case of widespread sexual misconduct among its highest ranks. As a result, the state attorney has refused to accept future testimony from seven LPD officers involved in various types of misconduct.

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