Regarding Monday’s editorial “Bad cops just can’t be fired”: Whether or not you like Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy Brent Raban, to get fired over a condo association dispute is ridiculous. How would you like it if a neighbor complained to your boss, and you were terminated based on that complaint?
The “last chance agreement” referred to in the editorial should have addressed only Mr. Raban’s previous conduct. As the neutral and mutually-agreed to arbitrator in this case indicated, Mr. Raban’s termination was based on nothing that was remotely similar to those previous allegations for which he had been demoted. The sheriff and the Police Benevolent Association have a collective bargaining agreement that states: “The decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding upon the aggrieved employee, the union and employer, except as provided by Florida law.” It has always been the PBA’s mission to stand up for the little guy, whether you like him or not.
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