SPRINGDALE (KDKA) — Springdale Borough Police Chief Julio Medeiros III has fired off a stinging letter addressed to the borough solicitor for help to end what he describes as inappropriate, unethical behavior on the part of some local elected officials and others.
Medeiros has been on the job for the past year and a half.
He told a Borough Council meeting Tuesday night that the letter he sent out was never supposed to be made public and someone leaked it.
In the letter, the chief said he was being bullied, disrespected and slandered.
Medeiros wrote he was once approached by an un-named councilman who used a racial slur, saying to the chief: “Keep the [expletive] on the other side of the river, and crack their heads if necessary.”
Medeiros told council members, “I was tasked to make this a professional police department, that has been thwarted.”
“I’ve been attacked for 18 months, since the day they pretty much unanimously hired me to come up with a police department that was plagued with misconduct for a long time. And the public knew it, that’s a travesty,” Medeiros told KDKA-TV News.