Former Broward County cop files complaint over Gov. Rick Scott's use of police at Tampa event

Numerous complaints against Scott, Charlie Crist filed this year

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A former Broward County police officer is contending that Florida Gov. Rick Scott violated the state's election laws.

The complaint alleges that Scott broke the law when he had on-duty law enforcement officers stand with him during a campaign event held this week in Tampa.

Florida law does not allow public employees to do campaign work while on duty.

Media reports after the event quoted law-enforcement agencies who said they thought the officers were there to provide security or were there for an official state event.

The complaint was filed by Jeff Marano, the president of the Broward County chapter of the Police Benevolent Association. The state PBA has endorsed Democrat Charlie Crist in the governor's race.

"Gov. Scott is proud to have the support of Florida's law enforcement community, including the Florida Police Chiefs Association and 40 Florida sheriffs," said Rick Scott for Florida spokesman Greg Blair. "This is just another sad distraction from Charlie Crist's numerous ethical problems, including his broken promise to be transparent by releasing tax returns for both himself and his spouse."

Supporters of both Crist and Scott have filed numerous complaints so far this year.

Marano began his career with the Hollywood Police Department in 1979.

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