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CRESPOGRAM REPORT

APRIL 6, 2012

FOP DIDN’T HAVE NO STINK’EN PROTEST
PROTEST, WHAT PROTEST

The failure of the Miami Police Department’s Fraternal Order of Police to pull off their advertised protest outside of the new Marlin’s stadium on opening day could represent the final evidence that the FOP’s has lost the support of its membership as it battles the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), to maintain its representation as the union bargaining unit for the department.


The protest was touted in the below flyer circulated around the community in an effort to generate wider support for the rally.

The FOP failed to show up, and after several conflicting explanations - including, “They’re stuck in traffic,” that I got from one beat officer directing traffic, it became apparent that the FOP had struck out, and that none of it’s members had shown up at the staging area.


One group that was ready to go was a group of seniors from the Robert King High Senior Citizen’s facility on NW 17th Street and 14th Avenue.


I got word that the old folks had decked themselves out in the tee shirts that the FOP had dropped by, and were really pissed when they found out that the protest had been cancelled.


Of course, ever since His Ignorance, Tomas Regalado became Mayor, the FOP has become a paper tiger, manipulated by both Armando Aguilar and Javier Ortiz, into giving tens of thousands of dollars of FOP money to both Regalado and his daughter’s campaigns, and then pretty much selling the membership down the river in order to support Regalado’s efforts to fire former Chief Exposito and to politize the police department through the appointment of the usual cronies, including Aguilar’s son as an Executive Assistant to current Chief Manny Orosa.


From the quiet mumblings of a handful of members, to what now appears to be an open revolt, the majority of the police department’s FOP members are poised to submit Blue Cards in the next couple weeks that will decertify the FOP as the bargaining agent for the Miami Police Department, and open a Pandora’s Box of problems for the Regalado administration.  


The days appeared numbered for Aguilar and Ortiz’s continued living high on the hog, and one day real soon they’ll both be back out on the street in uniform instead of cruising around playing union boss.  I’ll post the blow by blow account as I get the documents.


Maybe Ortiz can get assigned to the Coconut Grove Bike patrol so he can peddle around with his pal Lugo.


It’s Miami, Bitches!      

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