NERJA Local Police have protested at a plenary meeting due to a complaint brought against an officer. The conflict has been going on for three years due to internal rifts which began over complaints related to the allegedly irregular payments of overtime to part of the force who have a close relationship with the police chief, Antonio Navas.
This time, around six officers officers attended a plenary meeting wearing t-shirts and banners with slogans criticising the mayor, Jose Alberto Armijo, and the police chief.
They were supported by another 20 officers from other Local Police forces in the area.
The protest was carried out peacefully except for when the officers were reprimanded for applauding the opposition leader for Izquierda Unida, Manuel Valero when he referred to their situation and said that there had been irregularities in the payments.
The protest is mainly due to an altercation an officer had with three colleagues in October 2010, regarding the state of patrol cars.
A complaint was made about this, which was later shelved, but the officer was suspended without pay for two months as he allegedly insulted, threatened and attacked the other officers.
Although the mayor claims this was totally legal, he has said he is willing to talk to whoever he has to in order to resolve the problem and the internal conflict.