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‘Issues’ Arise With NYPD Cops Who Moved to Florida to Evade Vaccine Mandates

‘Issues’ Arise With NYPD Cops Who Moved to Florida to Evade Vaccine Mandates

A new report from The Miami Herald is sharing new details about a dozen New York City police officers who were publicly praised by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis for moving to Central Florida to escape what he described as “low morale and a lack of support” from Democratic politicians there.

It seems that maybe a few of them fudged some important details on their CVs, and this isn’t a case where excluding things from your resume can be overlooked. The new hires include one previously fired as a Walmart security guard, one with only three years of experience who demanded more than double his salary, and others with mysterious gaps in their résumés. One said he “mistakenly” checked a box on his employment application indicating he illegally used marijuana recently, then recanted his statement and said he actually never did. Two failed to disclose on their Lakeland, Florida, city applications they had been disciplined over “minor matters” by the NYPD.


DeSantis greeted the officers with a warm welcome and a promise of $5,000 hiring bonuses. He held a news conference in early September to show his support for law enforcement officers and to criticize Democrats in New York City he said “weren’t supporting” the police. It wasn’t clear whether anyone in the governor’s office had reviewed or discussed the officers’ employment applications or reviewed their backgrounds, the Herald reports.

The paper also says another worked on the NYPD’s notorious anti-crime units. Details came from court files, disciplinary reports, records of lawsuit settlement payments, and the applications submitted to the Lakeland Police Department for the hires, all from the NYPD. There originally were 13 applicants, but one did not complete the transfer process for what police said was a family issue.

The Herald reports that the newly hired officers all said they had never been arrested, much less convicted of any crimes, and never been counseled or disciplined for harassment, bullying, or intimidation. On its employment applications, the city did not ask them about civil lawsuits settled out of court and asked only whether any had been judged in civil court over “intentional wrongful conduct.” All said they would be willing to take someone’s life, if necessary, as part of their job as a police officer.

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