That's right! Things are tough all over and as everyone can see the City of Miami is whoring itself out to anyone and everyone to make a buck to cover up budget shortfalls. Look at the grotesque ad murals on the side of public buildings, the red light cameras that promised millions in revenue but have failed miserably and worse, Mayor Regalado legalizing the electronic gambling machines that plague our city in search of a few hundred thousand dollars in revenue to plug holes in the city budget.
So what's the city to do in order to try to eek out every last penny from the tax payers to continue to fund their ridiculous government employee pay and benefit packages? How about sending police officers out to jack money from innocent people?! Sit back and read this...
Marrero v City of Miami Complaint
You get that? In a nutshell the complaint alleges that two unnamed City of Miami police officers instruct homeland security to grab two people off a plane at the Miami International Airport, the cops then interrogate the two travelers in an interrogation room at the airport and take $9,100.00 in cash off of one guy and $8,900.00 off the other guy. The cops then transport the subjects to the City of Miami Police headquarters building where they are further interrogated and told that all their belongings and money are being confiscated, after approximately seven and a half hours the subjects are escorted out of the headquarters building and dumped out on the street, even worse throughout the entire ordeal the two City of Miami cops refused to identify themselves or even give the poor guys any kind of receipt for their property!
Sound far fetched? Maybe some ridiculous claims by some guys looking to score in a civil suit against the city? Could the lawyer be full of shit? Keep in mind, the alleged incident took place back September of 2010 and this lawsuit was filed only a few days ago. Why the wait? Was the police department aware of what was going on? How about Chief Exposito or maybe the Mayor himself? Was anyone aware of these allegations? This letter that was attached to the complaint should answer those questions...
Marrero Letter to Internal Affairs
HOLY SHIT! According to this letter written to Detective Ihosvany Cuervo from the victims attorneys, the city and the police department were aware of this incident since late September 2010 and it seems as if the Detective from internal affairs even met with the attorney and the victims in regards to the incident. What's most troubling about the whole ordeal is that to this day, nearly nine months since the incident occurred, the City of Miami Police Department WILL NOT REVEAL THE IDENTITIES OF THE POLICE OFFICERS INVOLVED! The letter also reveals that as of December 3, 2010 Mayor Regalado, Chief Miguel Exposito and city attorney Julie O. Bru were made aware of the situation and have done nothing about it for five months, not even the courtesy of returning a phone call to the victims attorneys which left him no choice but to file suit on behalf of his clients. What a fucking mess.
So what do we have? Let's capsulize; two City of Miami police detectives that are accused of...
- Civil Theft
- False Imprisonment
If the allegations against the unnamed police officers are false, why hasn't the city revealed their identities? Why has the police department and the city attorney sat by for months on end rather than dealing with the situation? Consider for a moment if the allegations are true, the police department could have probably made the whole thing go away by simply repaying the victims and sending them on their way. Instead, they've literally ignored the victims and their attorneys and have now opened themselves up to a lawsuit that could potentially end up costing the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars if the victims prevail in court. Even worse, there could be grounds for a 1983 Civil Rights action which could cost the taxpayers even MORE money!
I'm at a loss. Can someone please let me know what in the fuck is going on in our city?
On another note, when our favorite MDPD cop, Detective Jorge Baluja, comes across this post, don't fret, just because I haven't written about you in a while, don't think I've forgotten about you. I got a nice surprise waiting for you next week.