Pittsburgh police officers voted overwhelmingly that they have no confidence in Chief Cameron McLay. The vote is symbolic, and police union members say they hope it will send a strong message to the chief and convince him to reconsider some of his policies, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. “To me, it’s a mandate,” said Officer Robert Swartzwelder, president of the police union. “It speaks volumes that the officers have no confidence in the direction the chief’s taking [the bureau] in.”
McLay and the union have clashed over various issues during his two years in office, including forced overtime, handling of off-duty work, and, most recently, the chief’s appearance and speech at the Democratic National Convention. Swartzwelder said 459 officers — a little more than 60 percent of those eligible — voted on the no confidence issue. Of those 459 officers, 421 said they did not have confidence in McLay. Sixteen officers indicated they do have confidence in the chief, and 22 abstained.