The ink is barely dry on the freshly executed City of North Miami Beach Resolution R2015-8, which permanently bans the use of mugshots for Police Department sniper training. The City Council passed this Resolution 6-1, with Councilcritter Frantz Pierre being the sole “no” vote.
Despite assurances given by the Police Chief, City Manager, Mayor and Council (except Frantzie) that this regrettable incident will never happen again, there are still those who are calling for Chief Scott Dennis’ resignation over the department’s policies.
Whether or not that happens remains to be seen, but I don’t see this story going away any time soon.
According to one local radio personality, however, another top cop in northeast Miami-Dade County might also be in hot water.
Over the last two days, Rotschill Anderson focused his 30 minute radio broadcasts on the problems of not only the NMBPD, but also insinuated that trouble was brewing for North Miami Police Chief Leonard Burgess over one of his department’s policies. Specifically one that allows the retention of a police officer who allegedly should have lost the privilege to wear the badge a long time ago.
The radio host was reluctant to give specific details, claiming that an “American media station” was working on an exclusive – and explosive – story that would ultimately spell trouble for the Chief, not to mention become a huge embarrassment for the City of North Miami. All Mr. Anderson would allude to is that there might be a “bad cop” on the department, that the Chief is well aware of the situation, and that he has yet to take appropriate action.
He told his listeners that he could think of only two reasons why this particular cop hasn’t been fired yet.
Anderson hypothesized that by keeping a “bad cop” on the force, who happens to be Haitian, maybe it’s the Chief’s intention to embarrass the Haitian community. He explained, “By having a problem cop on the department, he’s insinuating that all Haitians are crooks.”
Or perhaps, Anderson speculated, it’s just normal practice for the North Miami Police Department to keep “bad cops” on the payroll.
Whoa! Take no prisoners, Rotschill!
This is not the first time the radio host has been critical of Chief Leonard Burgess.
When it came to light that former mayoral candidate Kevin Burns was driving around town in his “campaign fire truck” with an illegal city issued temporary license tag for over five months without being cited by the Police Department, the radio host demanded answers.
None were forthcoming.
And here I thought I was the only media person blacklisted by the North Miami Public Records Department. Glad to know it’s not personal.
To Rotschill Anderson, however, it’s very personal. He believes that even one “crooked” Haitian police officer is too many, and that if Chief Burgess doesn’t fire him, it’s an insult to the entire Haitian community.
The host emphatically stated, “Morality is morality. Don’t keep a bad cop!”
Well, this story certainly bears watching.
You can bet I’ll be doing just that.
Trust me. It will be my pleasure!
“Spreading the Wealth”