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DECEMBER 6, 2011

OUTSTANDING PUBLIC RECORDS LOG

DEPARTMENT  REQUESTS    DAYS OUTSTANDING

MAYOR                      1                                59

SARNOFF                   1                                  8

POLICE                       2                              450/55

We’re going to start keeping a running tally of our outstanding public records requests so that folks can begin to understand that the City of Miami is a chronic violator when it comes to complying with these requests.

DDA                            1                                 55

DECEMBER 6, 2011

COMMUNICATIONS   1                                 7

ONE OF MIAMI’S FINEST
“THIS GUY’S BEEN IN SO MANY JAMS, BRO”
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To see Miami police officer Edward Lugo biking around Coconut Grove in his Bike Patrol uniform, you’d never suspect that he’s one of the biggest fuckups in the department and one of the principal reasons that many Miami police officers are now considering leaving the Fraternal Order of Police and making the Police Benevolent Association their bargaining agent.


In 10 years on the force, Lugo has racked up an IA RAP SHEET that includes 19 citizen complaints, including 10 use of force allegations  - most of which never got beyond the filed stage - and one really sustained finding of misconduct that resulted in Lugo being recommended for termination from the force.


Here is the IA Investigative Report, that includes the reprimand calling for Lugo being terminated from the force.


The FBI not only advised the Miami Police Department about Lugo’s activities, they also provided them with a copy of an audio tape made in a car wired to record the conversation between the FBI’s Confidential Informant, Officer Geovani Nunez, and Officer Lugo.


Below is a portion of the audio tape and the transcript that coincides with the tape.

 

The audio tape and the transcript sync up at approximately  1:29 of the tape.


UM 1 - THE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT

UM 2 - OFFICER GEOVANI NUNEZ

UM 3 - OFFICER EDWARD LUGO


The voice of the CI was altered to protect his identity.

Lugo’s defense against the charges was that once he got in the car with the FBI Confidential Informant he pretty much went back to sleep. 


This argument was supported by Nunez, who after receiving a 10 year sentence for his part in this deal wrote a letter from prison to none other than FOP President Armando Aguilar, backing Lugo contention that he was as innocent as the Baby Jesus.


In spite of these claims, Lugo’s actions were enough to earn him a termination notice, and today, if his pals in the FOP hadn’t interceded, he’d be doing something else other than riding around Coconut Grove fending off 85 year old women trying to get his gun.

Yes, Lugo is also the same officer who last July claimed that 85 year old Hazel Mays, “frail and hard of hearing,” tried to do a reach around and grab his gun when he stopped her from trying to walk around a tape barricade put up by police on her way home.


THE FOP TO THE RESCUE 


Lugo’s best pal is Miami Police Sergeant Javier Ortiz.  Ortiz is the Fraternal Order of Police Vice President who last appeared on this site on September 15th, in a video clip which purported to show him texting Mayor Tomas Regalado during the hearing to fire Police Chief Miguel Exposito.


Here are Lugo and Ortiz on bike patrol in the Grove in March of 2010, doing their impression of Hanz and Franz.

After the police brass signed off on terminating Lugo, he appealed the decision to the Civil Service Board - the same board, although not necessarily the same folks who gave Meredith Nation her job back a couple months ago - and he also filed for an injunction in Circuit Court.


The basis for Lugo’s challenge was that the Police Department had violated the provisions of the new Police Officer’s Bill of Rights that required an officer be provided with the outcome of an IA Investigation within 180 days.


Lugo received the outcome of this investigation a few days past the 180 day limit.  The belief within the Department is that the FOP arranged for this to happen on purpose.


In talking with Javier Ortiz about Lugo, Ortiz acknowledged that he and the FOP devoted considerable time on Lugo’s behalf to save his job, with obvious successful results.


In December of 2009, after it became apparent that Lugo would beat the rap on this technicality, he and the Police Department decided to kiss and make up


Instead of being fired, the City ended up dropping the terminating order  and Lugo dropped his lawsuit against the City and accepted a 60 hour suspension.


THE FOP CONDUCTOR


In December 2010, a year after he settled with the city, Lugo ran for the post of Conductor of the local FOP Chapter.  Although it sounds like the name of a character in the Matrix series, the Conductor is the member of the Executive Board who conducts the meetings if the President and Vice President aren’t available.


Nobody really thought that Lugo would win the election, but with his pal Javier Ortiz collecting the ballots - ballot rigging is a long-time complaint of FOP critics - Lugo won by a handful of the votes.

If Armando Aguilar , the current FOP President gets elected FOP State President- which is considered a sure thing - it is expected that Lugo would be elevated to the position of FOP Vice President, and his pal Javier Ortiz would become President.


This prospect has so upset a growing number of Miami Police Officers, already disenchanted with Aguilar’s history and his insider dealings with Mayor Tomas Regalado that they believe have hurt the rank-and-file, that for the last several months there has been a growing effort to convince the local FOP membership to transfer inmasse to the PBA, which would result in decertifying the FOP as the union representing the officers of the Miami Police Department.


In the meantime, Lugo pedals around Coconut Grove secure  in the knowledge that his pal Javier Ortiz has got his back.


It’s Miami, Bitches!

FBI AUDIO TAPE

DECEMBER 8, 2011

IT’S LAWSUIT TIME
ARROGANCE ONLY GOES SO FAR, EVEN IN THIS BANANA REPUBLIC
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On November 30th I promised to ratchet up my activities to counter the increasing arrogance and abuse of Florida’s Public Records Law by a handful of morons in the City of Miami who have come to treat the public records law like little more than toilet paper they think they can wipe their ass es with.


On Tuesday I filed the first of what I expect will be an on-going series of public records lawsuits against Acting Police Chief Manny Orosa.


The reasons for the lawsuit are simple, straightforward, and very easy to comprehend.  Everything is included in the PDF of the Complaint I’ve included below.


Lawsuits, along with Ethics Complaints, Bar Complaints and other little tricks of the activist trade that I’m currently researching are going to be my tactics from here on in until folks in City Hall realize there is a price to pay for being a weasel prick scumbag.


I have no way of knowing whether the FDLE or the FBI will step up to the plate and do what it takes to go after Regalado and his ass-wipe cronies, but I do know what I can do, and there are people who will testify that if you really piss me off, by the time I get through, you’ll remember me the rest of your life, and they won’t be happy thoughts.


Here’s the lawsuit, and next week I’ll post the date and time of the court hearing, once everything is settled.