The troubled Miccosukee tribal police department fired its interim chief Thursday, plus seven officers, after the rank-and-file signed a petition protesting the behavior of one sergeant, reports the Miami Herald. The mass firing decimates a force of about two dozen officers that has been plagued by scandal, clashes with state authorities and high turnover in recent years. The West Miami-Dade tribe runs a profitable gambling resort off the Tamiami Trail.
Twenty-one officers had recently signed a petition complaining about the “hostile work” environment created by Sgt. Nicole Williams. Some of those fired said they were sacked in retaliation for signing the petition. The tribe and state authorities have for years clashed over jurisdiction. Miccosukee Police, a state-certified police agency, frequently apply state law to arrest non-Indians near the reservation, yet refer Indians who are charged to their private tribal court that is closed to non-Indians.