The Waldo City Council voted 4-1 in favor of disbanding its police department Tuesday night, following allegations that included an unlawful ticket quota, deceptive court appearances and unethical evidence storage, The Gainesville Sun reports.
Officers will be allowed to collect pay until Oct. 31 as city leaders determine how to proceed. But as of midnight, Waldo’s police department, and with it one of America’s most notorious speed traps, is no more.
Things started to unravel for former police chief Mike Szabo and Cpl. Kenneth Smith when five Waldo officers revolted against their supervisors by presenting the City Council with the damning allegations on Aug. 26. Szabo was then suspended due to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation. Smith was also suspended when a second FDLE investigation was launched.
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