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CRESPOGRAM REPORT

NOVEMBER 26, 2012

JAVI AND LUGO
LEADERSHIP HAS IT’S RESPONSIBILITIES

Last week the Fraternal Order of Police had a meeting to nominate new officers, starting with the position of President.  I had written earlier in the week that Armando Aguilar, the current FOP President might decide to run for reelection, even though his actions since he lost the race to become State President of the FOP had pointed to him not doing so.


In the end, Aguilar chose not to run, and Javi Ortiz, the current Vice President, and “face” of the union for the last several years was nominated without opposition, to become the next FOP President.


The very first thing that Ortiz did, after receiving the unopposed nomination for President was to nominate his best friend Edward Lugo for the position of FOP Secretary. This is the same Edward Lugo that I wrote about last week as the poster boy for BAD COP.


It’s no secret that Ortiz and Lugo are best friends, and that thanks to Ortiz, Lugo remains on the police force even though an IA investigation in 2010 recommended that he be fired for his involvement  in an FBI sting operation that I wrote about a year ago.


The arrogance of Ortiz nominating Lugo, given the feelings of many cops that Lugo continued presence on the force is a stain on the department, underscores an immaturity and lack of judgement that  can only end up hurting the force and the FOP.


Ortiz can have anyone he wants as a friend, but when he uses his position to try and make that friend a part of the FOP’s leadership - especially someone with a record of violence against civilians, and a willingness to sit in the back seat of an FBI undercover informant’s car who’s recruiting him to commit a crime - then that becomes an unacceptable abuse of power.


That’s no way to start off as the next President of the FOP!


Ortiz has a habit of laughing and smirking when confronted with examples of his bad judgement, but judgement is a core component of leadership, and sometimes just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should, especially when you have an obligation to look out for the image, as well as the welfare of your membership! 

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