I told you so!
In the real world, police officers don’t get away with lying and committing insubordination.
In the real world, city officials wait until the facts are given to them before rushing to judgement.
In the real world, politicians actually mean it when they insist there will be transparency.
Apparently, in North Miami real world rules don’t apply.
On June 16, 2016, then-Assistant Chief Gary Eugene was finally appointed as the permanent Chief of Police. He immediately made key appointments to his command staff for the purpose of eliminating the destructive and corrupt influence of the self-dubbed Illuminati headed by Assistant Chief Larry Juriga. Within a month of Eugene’s promotion, two new Assistant Chiefs, one Major, two Commanders and two Sergeants were sworn in.
Several members of the Illuminati were not thrilled with the Chief’s appointments. Commander Angel Rivera in particular, had assumed he was next in line for a promotion. Instead, Chief Eugene chose Tim Belcher as his Major, and appointed Emile Hollant and Rafael Estrugo as his new Commanders. Needless to say, Rivera was most likely outraged about being passed over.
As fate would have it, only six days later all hell broke loose when one of Rivera’s SWAT team members, Officer Jonathan Aledda, shot an unarmed black man with his hands up. The incident became an international scandal for the City of North Miami.
Seizing on the opportunity to not let a “good crisis” go to waste, Larry Juriga and Angel Rivera concocted a devious plan to provide cover for Aledda and pin the entire blame on Emile Hollant.
As such, within days of the shooting, the newly appointed Commander was inexplicably suspended without pay for allegedly giving “conflicting information” to the investigators about his involvement in the shooting. Investigators, under the direct supervision of Assistant Chief Larry Juriga, declared that Aledda fired his weapon because Commander Hollant announced over the police radio that one of the men had a gun, even though a second officer quickly shouted over the radio that it wasn’t a gun at all, but a toy truck.
To make matters even worse, several days later city officials held a press conference, rushing to publicly crucify Commander Hollant in the media.
Councilman Scott Galvin was adamant that “this investigation will be done thoroughly and it will be done right. It will be done with transparency and there will not be any coverups in the City of North Miami.”
Without even mentioning the name of the actual shooter, Mr. Galvin went on to trash Commander Hollant, stating that he “totally violated his trust from the public to protect and serve by giving misinformation to this department.”
City Clerk Michael Etienne piped in with, “An officer who betrays the trust of any community, they must be shamed, removed, fired, and of course, completely, completely, lose the right to ever wear an officer’s uniform again.”
Maybe Mr. Galvin and Mr. Etienne should have withheld judgment against Commander Hollant until they had been fully apprised of the facts before they opened their mouths to the press.
For one thing, despite being told to stand down, Larry Juriga and Angel Rivera urged State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle to press criminal charges against Commander Hollant. That move obviously blew up in their faces when, as we reported, two days after they filed their complaint, the State Attorney’s Office issued a Close-Out Memo announcing unequivocally that “Commander Hollant did not lie” about his involvement in the NMPD shooting.
And despite being exonerated by the State Attorney, Commander Hollant has still not been reinstated.
Now, nearly nine months later, the whole truth has finally come out.
Not only did Hollant not lie to investigators, but as the New Times reported, Chief Eugene believes the department is plagued with “infighting, collusion, and incompetence on the part of city officials.”
At the center of all the infighting, collusion, incompetence and corruption is … you guessed it! … Assistant Chief Larry Juriga.
The New Times article posted Chief Gary Eugene’s hour long interview with Florida Department of Law Enforcement Investigators, and reported, “Moments before North Miami police officer Jonathan Aledda shot unarmed behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey this past July 18, another cop on the scene warned there was no gun, only a toy.”
In fact, after hearing the police recording of the incident, Gary Eugene testified, “I heard the sergeant, who advised earlier that it was a toy, say, ‘Hold fire! Hold fire! It was a toy,’ trying to stop whoever was doing the shooting.”
The article also notes, “After the shooting, an assistant chief repeatedly lied to the chief, and the city manager Larry Spring ignored vital evidence. Moreover, the crime scene was mismanaged, and the police department and city government were in disarray and plagued by infighting.”
In the recorded interview with the FDLE, Chief Gary Eugene realized that Juriga repeatedly lied to him, and that Commander Hollant had absolutely nothing to do with Aledda firing his weapon.
Worse, according to the Chief’s interview, when he advised City Manager Larry Spring that an audio from the shooting revealed that several moments before Aledda took the shot, another sergeant on the scene “warns that the man is only holding a toy,” Spring “refused to listen to the audio or to the chief’s warnings.”
The article also reveals, as this blogger has contended from the beginning, that Larry Juriga deliberately botched the investigation and that Emile Hollant’s suspension was “part of a part of a plot by Assistant Chief Larry Juriga, who had an ongoing feud with Hollant.”
The New Times reported, “Eugene says he was so disturbed by Jiruga’s conduct that he moved him from his post leading investigations to another position heading up city code enforcement. That wasn’t the only disturbing thing he learned. Eugene says he soon found out that before Hollant had been suspended, the commander in charge of the scene during the shooting had tried to intimate him into changing his story. That commander urged Hollant to say he had seen the shooting and that the autistic man did seem to be loading a gun. “He talked to Emile prior to the suspension and told him … ‘[By] not saying you saw the guy loading the gun, do you realize that information could have helped my officer?'”
And despite Councilman Galvin’s insistence that “there will not be any coverups in the City of North Miami,” there apparently was collusion that those North Miami police officers “were more concerned about clearing [Aledda] of any wrongdoing than actually getting any impartial investigation.”
And despite City Clerk Etienne’s shaky-fisted remark that “[a]n officer who betrays the trust of any community, they must be shamed, removed, fired, and of course, completely, completely, lose the right to ever wear an officer’s uniform again,” Assistant Chief Larry Juriga still has a job.
When Gary Eugene was appointed as Chief of Police, he fully intended to rid the North Miami Police Department of the rampant corruption that had been allowed to fester under previous administrations. His efforts have been continuously undermined by the Illuminati and their insidious “shadow” control over city officials.
While there is plenty of blame to go around, none of which falls on the shoulders of Chief Eugene, his new appointments, or especially Commander Hollant, drastic action must be taken.
The Mayor and Council now have the proof they need to demand from City Manager Larry Spring an explanation as to why he refused to even listen to the police recording, and insist that Commander Hollant be reinstated immediately.
It is also incumbent upon the elected officials to protect the community from rogue cops. As such, Assistant Chief Larry Juriga and Commander Angel Rivera, who defied direct orders from the Chief and attempted to coerce Hollant into lying, should both be fired for cause.
In the meantime, none of the council members I texted last night had a comment about this story.
Then again, I’m sure they have plenty to think about right now.
I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall this morning at North Miami City Hall when it all hit the fan.
BREAKING: NMPD kòmandan Emile Hollant te konfigirasyon pa “vakabon” chèf asistan!