In a story that has gone internationally viral to absolutely no one’s surprise, a North Miami Police Officer shot an unarmed black man who, unlike Michael Brown, actually had his hands up when he was shot anyway.
In a press conference held this morning at 11:30 am, newly appointed North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene made a statement, advising the media that in order to insure impartiality, he turned the entire investigation over to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The Chief made it clear that he and his new team are committed to transparency and that moving forward any and all future police involved shootings will continue to be turned over to the FDLE.
Unfortunately, it appears that in the North Miami Police Department, there are still inmates running the asylum.
Although it does appear that the city may be liable for an untold amount of money in claims and damages, the only small, but significant, silver lining is that thank goodness no one was killed.
While the undo-able damage has already been done, it’s glaringly obvious that the systemic problems still plaguing the North Miami Police Department are a direct result of two years’ worth of the incompetent “leadership” of the recently resigned Police Chief Leonard Burgess. Most of, if not all, of the NMPD’s current woes can be chalked up to the ineptitude of the former administration, including, and especially, the lack of proper officer training under his watch.
Just a scant three months ago, the NMPD failed its accreditation assessment by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) in a number of areas, including training. As a result of Chief Lenny’s inability to professionally run a law enforcement agency, the NMPD lost its certification and is now forced to start the process all over again.
And let’s not forget, thanks to Chief Lenny’s insistence on keeping a serial predator cop on his roster, the city is still facing possible financial damages due to the most recent antics of Officer Jodlyn Antoine.
No doubt, there is much work to be done by Chief Gary Eugene’s new Executive Command Staff. Let’s hope it’s done without further delay!
Chief Lenny might be gone, but it’s apparent that the individuals who pulled his strings and propped him up during his two year tenure are still desperately trying to run the show. Clearly, these individuals are also doing everything they can to try to undermine the new administration.
For example, at approximately 10:40 am this morning, the amateur Public Information Officer Natalie Buissereth sent out a hastily written release announcing that a press conference will be held at 11:00 am, giving the media a whopping 20 minutes to get to the police station.
On top of that dubious action, she even got the date wrong.
@nmpdnews 18th? 3 days ago..today
— Shazzarazza (@shazza_razza) July 21, 2016
There is absolutely no spin of this story that could even remotely refute the clear events portrayed on a cell phone video that has now circulated the world a hundred times over. Judging by what is recorded by that video, it seems pretty clear what happened.
According to news reports, the victim stated that when he asked the officer why he shot him, the response he received was, “I don’t know.” The police officer has yet to confirm or deny that statement, but I will assume he was advised against doing so by his legal counsel.
So far, neither the FDLE nor the State Attorney have released the identity of the police officer.
I have no doubt that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct an independent and professional investigation.
More importantly, by now it should be obvious that the ludicrous policies enacted by Chief Lenny, and carried out by his incompetent appointees and cronies, were grossly ineffective. They did not work then, and they will not work now.
The newly appointed administration, who were only sworn in a week ago, must start setting new polices and making the necessary staff changes in order to bring the NMPD back to its former status as a first class law enforcement agency, as well as regain its CFA state accreditation.
It’s time for the grownups to take charge of the North Miami Police Department.