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Union members of Nebraska police force want Chief out after alleged behavior, comments

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A Nebraska police union says its members want their police chief out of the department, citing a lack of confidence due to deceptive behavior.

The Bellevue Police Officers Association (BPOA) claims that Bellevue Police Chief Marke Elbert has engaged in “actions the reflect a pattern of dishonest and deceptive conduct in his carrying out the duties of the Chief of Police.”

The union claims they have tape recordings of the chief telling a department member to “intentionally deceive other members of the department.”

However, Elbert fired back on Wednesday, stating that the claims are unfounded and that he is confident that any review will reflect his long-standing career of professionalism.

“I categorically reject the false characterization asserted by the Union and its attorneys in the statements they have recently published,” Elbert’s statement read. “I would note that I am not personally a party to any disciplinary or legal proceeding whatsoever. I am aware that there are other pending proceedings involving other Bellevue Police Department employees, but since those cases concern employee personnel matters, unfortunately, I cannot comment in any detail.”

According to WOWT, the police unions in question also claim that Elbert made derogatory comments toward women and minorities, something Elbert vehemently denies.

“I would note, however, that I find the suggestion that I have engaged in making any derogatory comments towards women or racial minorities particularly offensive,” Elbert said in his statement. “These allegations are not only entirely false, but also inconsistent with my professional conduct during my twenty plus year career in law enforcement, and my personal conduct as well, reflected, in part, by the fact that I am a father to minority children and a young daughter and would never tolerate such comments or actions.”

The state Fraternal Order of Police have voted to advise the city of Bellevue that the officers no longer have confidence in their chief.

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