Boynton Beach police protest before city council meeting


Boynton Beach police officers have taken to the streets to protest.

About 50 officers in the department are calling for city manager Lori Laverriere to step down immediately.

They say it is in response to contract negotiations that have been contentious and frustrating.

Laverriere is expected to be at tonight’s city commission meeting.

“This isn’t no joke. I mean, the chief might think it’s a joke and management might think it’s a joke but these (officers) are frustrated. They’re frustrated and they want answers. And they want to be treated decent,” said John Kazanjian with the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association.

Laverriere released this statement:

 “The City Commission and management team are fully committed to reaching an equitable and fair labor contract. We are very confident that this will occur when both parties meet back at the table for meaningful negotiations.”

Along with Laverriere’s resignation the police union is also recommending that the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office absorb the Boynton Beach Police Department.

The Boynton Beach police chief also weighed in - on Twitter - saying the police union ‘has it’s facts wrong’. It was unclear if LaVerriere planned to respond to the protests in person at the commission meeting which was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.