PHOENIX — The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) will reportedly not be moving forward with a "vote of no confidence".
In October, PLEA's social media account posted a video discussing the demand for a vote of no-confidence to remove Phoenix Police Chief Williams as department head. "We've heard it time and time again, the chief has lost the department," said PLEA President Michael "Britt" London. "She's definitely lost PLEA members, a majority of them it seems."
Chief Williams is under fire after terminating several officers involved in scandals.
PLEA made the following statement Friday night:
"The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) will not be considering a vote to determine the membership's confidence in the leadership abilities of Chief Jeri Williams.
Each individual member of our association, sworn employees of the Phoenix Police Department, will reserve their thoughts and feelings of Chief Williams' recent decisions for discussion that will provoke change.
The symbolic action of a "vote of no confidence" would do nothing to remedy the current situation PLEA members face. It would not make the real decision makers, the Phoenix City Council, prioritize the safety of our entire community. It would not make Phoenix Police leadership stand for the individual police employee, nor would it make truth the center of decision making instead of an emotional compulsion to give the appearance that all is well in Phoenix, AZ.
PLEA is committed to its membership and will strive to end political decisions that destroy police families and officer reputation.
The members of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association are dedicated to the Phoenix Community, and will continue to serve, as always."