DECEMBER 12, 2012


I’ll be the first to admit that trying to make sense of what’s currently going on inside the Miami Police Department has been difficult because there have been twice or three times the number of rumors as there have been facts.

First, there are three separate groups of cops alleged to have been doing wrong.

The first group of 6-8-10 cops are assigned to what is called the Northend, who are alleged to have been providing protection for at least one, or more “gambling” establishments in Liberty City.

One establishment has been identified as a “barbershop” in the area of NW 62nd Street and 7th Avenue.

In yesterday’s Nelson Horta Reporta, a blog widely considered to be a front for the various clients and ventures of folks doing business with Armando “The Whopper” Gutierrez, reported that Horta’s police sources had told him that there were several check cashing places that had been operating as sports books.

Horta’s often considered little more than a shill, but his connections within the Police Department - thanks in large part to “The Whopper” and the fact that they both hang out at Cuban Crafters - would support the notion that this time he got his info from a reliable source, perhaps even Assistant Chief Ricardo “Look Down” Roque.

In the end these 6-8-10 cops seem to have been providing muscle and protection for these gambling places for $75 an hour of cash money.

The second group, and by far the one with the most threat to the community and to the Police Department is the group that was identified in the Miami Herald article as being involved in “identity theft and tax refund scams.”

The Herald claims that this group of cops belong to other departments, but my sources tell me that some of these scammers are in fact Miami Police Officers, and that in addition to ID theft they have also been involved in mortgage fraud.  The biggest question is how many of these cops are there?

No matter what department these cops are with, this kind of activity points to organized gangs outside of the police department who have managed to get some of their members inside these departments. 

In the 1980’s recruiting standards were lowered in the Miami Police Department as a way to create a department that better reflected the ethnic makeup of the community and one result was a wave of scandals by dirty Cuban cops, the most notorious of which was the Miami River Cops gang that was stealing drugs from drug dealers.

This could be a similar situation, only involving young Jamaican and Haitian cops, because it is Jamaican and Haitian gangs that have been identified with ID theft.

I’ve been told that in recent years the Miami Police Department revamped the makeup of the the unit that does background checks and that inside the department that unit is now referred to as Blackground Checks.

The truly unfortunate part of all of this is that the brunt of a lot of the tough policing that goes on in the City of Miami happens in the Black community, and it is Black Cops who are on the front line  every day. 

The Miami Police Department needs a strong presence of honest and committed Black Cops, and if in fact it turns out that the cops involved in these ID theft and mortgage fraud are tied to Jamaican and Haitian gangs, this will only make things harder for the good cops.

The last group currently under investigation are the 8 or more cops that the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reported on over the weekend who have been abusing the loose sign-in and out requirements that allowed them to come to work late, and leave early.

Additionally, there are the more or less 5% - 10% of the force who account for 90% of the investigations for everything from shootings to being rude to citizens.

Any of the three groups of bad cops I’ve detailed above would present a major problem for any big city police department, but the fact that these accusations against three separate groups of bad cops are happening simultaneously underscores the deeper problems impacting the Miami Police Department.

Last December, when City Manager Johnny “The Doormat” Martinez announced the appointment of Manny Orosa, after staging a phony search for the best candidate, I wrote:

        And so, once again, His Ignorance has managed to

        demonstrate that going with the least qualified candidate,

        and blatant cronyism are first and foremost among the

        criteria he uses in making selections to his administration.

The last year has proven that Orosa has not been up to the task, starting with the 10.7% increase in street crime, followed by the department’s heavy-handed efforts to cover this increase up in it’s annual report, to the appointment a cronies and ass-kissers, to the periodic movement of staff around like deck chairs on the Titanic, to now the revelations of these investigations.

Worst of all has been the allegation that because of Orosa’s involvement in the Leonardo Mercado murder case where he became a government witness, he has supposedly been denied Top Secret security clearance.

For someone to be appointed as the Chief of Police in a major American city and not have Top Secret clearance could only happen in Miami.

It is that issue - although no one will own up to it - is why I’ve been told the investigation on the cops involved in providing protection for the gambling establishments took so long.


You probably would never guess it from the crazy nonsense that comes out of Tomas Regalado’s mouth, but he actually pays someone $40,000 plus a year to be his personal “Public Affairs Officer and Spokesperson.”

That doesn’t seem to stop Regalado from making completely moronic statements to the Miami Herald like:

        “To me, this investigation is not a black eye to the city

        or the police department.  It’s a good thing.  It means

        we’re moving forward with a better police force.”

You could not make a statement like this up.  But as stupid as this statement is, the statement from Javier Ortiz, soon to be president of the Miami Police Department Fraternal Order of Police is even more egregiously stupid:

        “If the rumors I am hearing are true, I pray that the police

        department is cleansed expeditiously of those who

        have betrayed our commitment to our community.”

These words come from a guy who just endorsed officer Edward Lugo - 20 complaints filed with Internal Affairs, including 11 use of force allegations in a nine year career.

One incident involved him beating on an 85 year black woman named Hazel Mays, in the West Grove who Lugo claimed “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.

His most infamous incident came when he was actually recommended to be fired for his involvement in an undercover FBI sting operation that resulted in his fellow cop getting 10 years in federal prison.

Lugo was not fired because this same Javier Ortiz, who now has the gall to talk about cops who betray the community, had it arranged so that his pal Lugo would not be notified of the charges until after the 180 day requirement for officers being notified of charges placed against them had passed.

Two days ago, Ortiz endorsed Lugo’s candidacy for Secretary of the FOP.

If you really want to talk about how fucked up the Miami Police Department is, then you have to start with a Chief of Police who can’t qualify for Top Secret clearance because of his past behavior, a couple Assistant Chiefs and Majors who are dumber than dirt and owe their jobs to sucking up to the Mayor , and to the president of the FOP who would squander the integrity of his organization and of his oath, so that his pal could not only evade getting fired, but now wants to make him an officer of the FOP.

And you wonder why the Miami Police Department has dirty cops?

The stupidity, incompetence and corruption in the Miami Police Department starts at the top, and that’s not a secret, except of course to the taxpayers who continue to get screwed by the thugs in Regaladoland. 


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