A Florida police chief reportedly pushed all the wrong political-correctness buttons, telling other members of his force that a colleague died of the coronavirus after contracting the infection during homosexual activity and at homosexual events.
Deputy Shannon Bennett, 39, came down with a fever and headaches which developed into breathing problems, according to his fiance, Jonathan Frey. Bennett died several days after going to the hospital, Frey said.
Bennett had no reported underlying health conditions, but during a team meeting Davie, Fla. Police Chief Dale Engle is alleged to have linked the cop’s death to his sexuality.
Florida Fraternal Order of Police chief of staff Mike Tucker complained to the Davie town manager in a letter Tuesday, saying that Engle “allegedly berated them,” and yelled about a “backstory” that claimed Bennett contracted and died from the virus because he was a “homosexual who attended homosexual sexual events.”
Tucker said that if the claims are true, “it’s obviously extremely disturbing.”
“This obviously was shocking to the members that were present, who are right now looking for reassurance … who were looking for guidance,” Tucker told news station Local 10.
In Florida there had been over 18,980 coronavirus cases and 446 deaths as of Sunday morning.
Engle was suspended on April 10.
“As of April 11, 2020, Police Chief Dale Engle was placed on Administrative leave pending further review of allegations brought forward by the Fraternal Order of Police,” Davie’s Town Administrator Richard J. Lemack said in a statement.