- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida police chief has been suspended after officials say she ordered investigations of a city commissioner and a community activist who had been pushing for a federal investigation of an April police shooting.

Treasure Coast Newspapers (https://goo.gl/eomIas) reports that Fort Pierce City Administrator Nick Mimms placed Police Chief Diane Hobley-Burney on administrative leave Tuesday.

A special investigator with the city’s police department emailed commissioners Friday, claiming Hobley-Burney had ordered him to investigate Commissioner Reggie Sessions and activist Rick Reed. They had both pushed for the city to ask the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the April 23 fatal police shooting of Demarcus Semer. The investigator claims Hobley-Burney also tried to intimidate Reed by sending two high-ranking police officers to his restaurant.

Hobley-Burney has been at her position for about a year.


Information from: The (Fort Pierce, Fla.) Tribune, https://www.stluciecounty.com

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