One of their most strident critics, radio talkshow host Rick Sessa, was about to ask some tough questions at the crime-fighting duo’s public meeting with a Boynton Beach neighborhood association this morning when he was asked nicely to sit down and shut his mouth.
For this, he was given two reasons: He doesn’t belong to the group, the Coalition of Boyton West Residential Associations, and he had prepared several questions — both of which are frowned upon at meetings that the coalition advertises as “public.”
Of course, when Sessa stood up to talk, Bradshaw whispered into the ear of an organizer who then told Sessa he wasn’t allowed to speak.
“Bradshaw and McAuliffe are just trying to hide any flaws or criticism of their management style from 200-plus voters at the meeting,” Sessa said. “I was there to ask tough questions about the sheriff’s military service and McAuliffe’s decision to drop felony charges on two West Palm Beach cops who beat a suspect. That’s not something they’d want to discuss.”
Questions are flaring up again in unofficial PBSO online bulletin boards about a long-standing rumor about alleged irregularities in Brashaw’s service as a U.S. Marine. And in September, McAuliffe decided to drop felony charges against two WPB officers whose dashboard cam caught them beating and kicking a handcuffed suspect.
“This wasn’t a meeting that was public per se, that’s it,” said coalition boss Ken Lassiter.
Cards on the table: I co-host a police-oriented radio show The Beat with Sessa at 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday on Seaview-960 AM