Tonight at 11, three Riviera Beach police officers speak out against Chief Clarence Williams
3:53 PM, Nov 13, 2017
Three Riviera Beach Police officers are breaking their silence and talking exclusively to WPTV's Wanda Moore.
They say they are afraid of repercussions from speaking out.
"I fear physical retaliation from the chief and his little minions," one officer said.
"I'm personally afraid for my safety and my family's safety," another officer said.
They said they waited for years for him to simply retire but then the chief was caught attending an invitation-only meeting at Hurst Chapel on Sept. 28.
He attended that meeting with a small group of people, including two city council members who voted to fire the city manager.
Sources say the chief personally invited several people to attend and the meeting was about how to keep Jonathan Evans out of office.
After the meeting he said he didn't know anything about a meeting.
Chief Clarence D. Williams: “I don’t know anything about the contents of the meeting. And why would walk up to the police chief and ask him…”
Bruce Guyton: “He just arrived.”
Chief Clarence D. Williams: “Yeah I just arrived.”
Reporter: “Oh you just arrived? Because we saw you walk in earlier.”
Chief Clarence D. Williams: “I’ve come and gone. And you couldn’t have seen me.”
That lie, caught on camera, triggered an avalanche of events. First, 67 out of 70 officers voted that they don't have any confidence in Williams' leadership.
The Police Benevolent Association asked city officials to fire the chief. Ironically, the person who can do that is the city manager and the new interim City Manager, Karen Hoskins, indicated she won't do that in her 90 days in office.
The officers say that lie at Hurst chapel was just the tip of the iceberg.
"His fingerprints are all up on this entire corruption and this whole coup that's going on," one officer said. "He doesn't have to answer to anybody right now. He's by far the most powerful man in that city."
Hear from the officers tonight at 11 p.m. on WPTV.