BCPBA President Comments on DNA Evidence Exonerating Murder Suspect



Jeff Marano responded to a CBSMiami reporter about this case in Hollywood in which DNA evidence exonerated a murder suspect. Click the link to read and view the full story.


…However, Jeff Marano, the President of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, spoke to CBS4 News regarding the investigation. He claims that Detective Wadsworth handled the case appropriately and said that DNA does not always tell the full story.

“Just because his DNA was not on the weapon does not mean that he did not kill that person,” Marano said. “DNA is not an absolute.”

Marano also said that once investigators learned about the DNA discrepancy prosecutors were informed. He added that Dobard’s arrest was based on eyewitness testimony, not DNA.

“The eyewitness was very solid at the time,” Marano said. “It went through the process of a warrant signed by a judge, presented to the grand jury. So this not a willy-nilly, one arrest and you’re incarcerated. This went through a long process.”



BCPBA Raises $2,550 (and counting) for Deputy Tommy O’Keefe



The BCPBA has raised $2550 for Deputy Tommy O’Keefe. Please read his story below. Instructions for how you can donate follow the story.

BSO Deputy Tommy O’Keefe III has been diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, which is the most
aggressive malignant primary brain tumor in humans. Tommy is Stage 4. He has undergone two craniotomies, radiation, and chemotherapy. The latest round of chemotherapy caused severe brain swelling. Treatment has been suspended. Doctors have suggested that he seek a clinical trial at MD Anderson in Texas or the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. These hospitals are considered out of network; the expenses will be astronomical.

Tommy is a third-generation police officer. His grandfather was with the Boston Police Department and his father was with Miami-Dade Police. Tommy has been with BSO for the past 12 years. He is currently assigned to the Dania Beach district as a Field Training Deputy. His sick leave will be expiring soon and his fellow deputies will be donating time on his behalf.

Due to numerous hospital admissions, treatments, and medical travel, Tommy has incurred extraordinary out-of-pocket expenses. The costs have become a financial burden on his family, which includes his wife, Jessica, and 8-month old daughter, Mackenzie.

The PBA is seeking contributions for Deputy Tommy O’Keefe through The HOPE FUND. Please make your tax-deductible donation payable to the Broward County PBA HOPE Fund. Please write Tommy O’Keefe in the memo field of the check. Mail checks to Broward County Police Benevolent Assn., 2650 W. State Rd. 84, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312.

Association Grievance Filed

An Association Grievance has been filed by the Broward County Police Benevolent Association pursuant to Article 33 Grievance Procedure of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Broward County Police Benevolent Association and the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Read the Association Grievance by clicking this link: grievance-april-29-2015

Contracts Update as of April 16, 2015

Here is quick status update regarding contracts at the various police agencies that the Broward County PBA represents.


The BCPBA had its initial meeting with the Broward Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, April 9, 2015. We brought proposals based on input from the membership survey. Please read BCPBA Secretary, Lee Martin’s, column to learn what happened at the meeting.

The BCBPA met with the City of Hallandale on March 26, 2015 to open negotiations. The next step is for the city to set tentative dates to hear our contract proposals.

On Thursday, April 9, 2015 a second meeting about pension issues and reform was held at the Fred Lippman Center in Hollywood. On April 16, 2016 the BCPBA also held a negotiation session with the city.

The BCPBA notified the City of Miramar that it is ready to begin negotiations. We are waiting for a meeting date to be scheduled.

A notice that the BCPBA is prepared to begin negotiations was sent to the Sunrise city manager. The BCPBA is waiting for a meeting date to be scheduled. The BCPBA has received positive feedback on our progress working with the city.