While researching the history of a certain NMPD cop’s behavioral problems, on February 8, 2015 I made an additional public records request for “all of North Miami Police Officer Jodlyn Antoine’s Internal Affairs Investigations prior to 2014,” specifically any Internal Affairs Summaries, including disciplinary recommendations by the disposition panels and disciplinary actions taken.
Yesterday afternoon I was notified that my request was finally fulfilled, so I made arrangements to have the documents picked up this morning.
I wish I could say I was surprised when I received two reports for Internal Affairs Case 2011-04 and Internal Affairs Case 2012-02, both regarding citizen complaints against Officer Antoine from women for charges of harassment.
The first was a complaint made by Ms. Germine Charite who alleged that Antoine “has utilized his police computer to access her personal information for no official police business.”
The second complaint was made by Ms. Ibena Robert (Correction: Rupert), who alleged that Antoine “has made flirtatious remarks and improper advances towards her,” and that his behavior was “becoming progressively worse, and she is in fear for her safety.”
Upon completion of each of the Internal Affairs investigations, both cases were referred to disposition panels for review and subsequent recommendations for discipline.
I wish I could tell you what discipline, if any, those disposition panels recommended for North Miami Police Officer Jodlyn Antoine, but I can’t…
BECAUSE THOSE DOCUMENTS WERE NOT INCLUDED IN MY PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST PACKAGE!
Here’s the thing.
Since English is my first language, I’m pretty damn good at writing letters in English.
Since writing is my preferred method of communication, I’m also pretty damn good at clearly and succinctly expressing what documents I want when I make public records requests.
Therefore, when I requested copies of any and all Internal Affairs investigations regarding North Miami Police Officer Jodlyn Antoine “specifically any Internal Affairs Summaries, including disciplinary recommendations by the disposition panels and disciplinary actions taken,” I made myself perfectly clear about exactly what documents I expected to receive.
The fact that I DID NOT RECEIVE either the disposition panel recommendations or the disciplinary actions taken, leads me to believe that someone at the North Miami Police Department deliberately omitted these documents from my public records request.
Needless to say, I’m not happy right now.
For one thing, it took fifteen days from the time I made my request until I actually received the documents.
Yeah, I admit it. I’m spoiled.
Maybe it’s because I’m used to dealing with the City of North Miami Beach, where public records requests are filled within a day or two. In fact, NMB City Clerk Pamela Latimore has been known to fulfill my requests within an hour via email if the document I’m requesting is readily available.
So, Little Old Spoiled Me isn’t used to waiting more than two weeks to get what I want.
I admit, however, that patience is not one of my virtues.
But, I’m also not used to dealing with a Chief of Police who behaves like a Spoiled Brat.
Apparently, professionalism is not one of his.
I’m not making any accusations, but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if North Miami Police Chief Leonard Burgess deliberately withheld from my public records request the disposition panel recommendations and the disciplinary actions taken as a result of Officer Antoine’s previous two Internal Affairs investigations.
Because then Chief Burgess would have to explain why Officer Antoine is still on active duty in the North Miami Police Department.
Chief Burgess would also have to explain why he didn’t take into account Officer Antoine’s record during his previous tenure with the Village of Biscayne Park Police Department where he was written up for bad behavior SEVEN TIMES before mysteriously being hired by North Miami on July 26, 2004. (Note: I got those public records within a week of my request.)
Chief Burgess would also have to explain why he also didn’t take into account any record of bad behavior that may turn up when I review Antoine’s records during his short tenure with the City of Lauderhill Police Department, where he was employed prior to Biscayne Park. (Note: I expect to receive those public records later this week.)
Oh, yeah. Chief Burgess has A LOT of ‘splainin’ to do!
He probably wishes I would just go away.
Maybe he shouldn’t have dismissed me.
Maybe he shouldn’t have tried to discredit me.
Maybe he should have been paying attention.
Memo to Chief Burgess: I’m just getting started.
“Spreading the Wealth”