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Thu Jul 9, 2020, 03:47 PM

Ft Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione removed as officers face scrutiny over protest brutality

*new police chief named just minutes ago: Karen Dietrich

(Sun Sentinel) FORT LAUDERDALE — Rick Maglione was removed Thursday as chief of the embattled Fort Lauderdale Police Department, an agency rocked in recent weeks by what some perceive as missteps by its top leader — including a July Fourth message that criticized protesters and hailed his officers as heroes.

Maglione, chief since January 2017, will stay on with the department in another role.

Maglione’s tenure as police chief was rocked by the street protests that erupted after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.

A May 31 protest against police brutality in downtown Fort Lauderdale devolved into a hectic melee between officers bristling with long guns, gas masks, and stun grenades and protesters armed with chants, slogans and water bottles.

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