FMPD officer campaign violation
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CREATED Oct. 7, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla.- A Fort Myers police officer is under review for a possible campaign violation.
This November, citizens of Fort Myers will be deciding if they want to dissolve their police department and have the Lee County Sheriffs Office take over as a cost savings measure.
Leaders of the initiative fear one local officer may have gone too far in wanting to protect his department.
Raimond aulen is running for mayor of fort myers.
He also led the petition to consolidate the fort myers police department and the Lee County Sheriff's office.
He says he's disturbed that a Fort Myers Police Officer was using city e-mail to distribute political material.
Aulen said "it demonstrates a lack of integrity in the department and a lack of proper supervision."
In this email dated september 19th, Fort Myers sergeant Ramy Moussa sent an open letter to the entire department, using city email.
The memo had pictures of a T-shirt.
The shirt shows police officers shot in the line of duty, protecting citizens of Fort Myers.
Below the pictures ... the shirt asks people to vote "no" to keep the police department.
Sergeant Moussa asks "if you want one..or two ... get with officer sanders directly as he needs a number to figure out cost."
The Fort Myers police department is currently investigating this email to determine if there is any infraction.
Every election year the city manager sends out an email.
In it Billy Mitchell requests employes abide by city and Florida statues.
In the memo ... manager billy mitchell "employees cannot engage in any political campaigning activities while working in their normal job capacity and/or while on city time."
Also, "no person shall make or solicit...political contribution in a building owned by a government entity."
While the city manager and police chief refuse to comment about sergeant Moussa's email, aulen thinks its a clear cut violation.
Aulen stated "well obviously these individuals need to be reprimanded and made aware of the election laws if they don't already know what the laws are."
Any person violating the provision is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.