Embattled Tallahassee Police Department Gets New Chief

Tallahassee City Manager Anita Favors Thompson announced on Tuesday that the city is hiring Michael DeLeo to take over the department.

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    Police arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a child.

    The embattled Tallahassee Police Department is getting a new police chief.

    Tallahassee City Manager Anita Favors Thompson announced on Tuesday that the city is hiring Michael DeLeo to take over the department.

    The department has come under fire for its handling of the sexual assault investigation into Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. The department waited 11 months before handing over information about the case to prosecutors.

    DeLeo is currently deputy police chief for the department in Plantation, Fla.

    The previous police chief, Dennis Jones, abruptly retired earlier this year amid an uproar over how the department handled a drunken driving arrest. The woman arrested wound up with a broken bone in her face after officers slammed her into a police car and then threw her to the ground.

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