PBA Prez John Rivera steps in a pile. Then puts his foot in his mouth for good measure.

Dade County Police Benevolent Association President John Rivera was never known for his tact, subtlety, or diplomacy.  Apparently, nothing’s changed.

In a knee-jerk response to the arrest of North Miami Police Officer Jonathan Alleda, Rivera managed to insult both North Miami City Manager Larry Spring and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, risk pissing off the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the ACLU, Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, left-wingers, right-wingers (and everyone in between), and dump on “media folks looking for ratings” and “a public whose wavering support changes with the wind.”

All in one fell swoop.

Believe me, that’s no mean feat. Continue reading


NMPD: Reversing its culture of corruption

Much has been written in recent years about police culture.  Reference.com defines this term as “a type of organizational culture that contains unwritten roles and social codes that dictate the way that a person within the culture will function, as well as building a strong sense of solidarity among the group and a will to conform. Police culture deals specifically with the behavior of officers within the force.”

Government officials are understandably concerned when a police department’s members display a propensity toward excessive use of force.  In order to resolve this problem, the Harvard Business Review suggests “introducing community policing; training officers in de-escalation skills and the use of non-lethal tactics; increasing the diversity of departments; improving data collection and public transparency; and enhancing the screening of police recruits.”

Police brutality, however, is only one symptom of a dysfunctional police culture within a department.  With very few exceptions, the North Miami Police Department has not been plagued by incidents of police brutality, but its culture has certainly been tainted for decades by the existence of the self-titled “Illuminati.”  The indisputable leader of the NMPD’s “Illuminati” is Assistant Chief Larry Juriga. Continue reading


NMPD Internal Affairs … What could possibly go wrong?

Now that charges have been filed against North Miami Police Officer Jonathan Aledda, who shot Charles Kinsey last summer, he’s no longer the department’s problem child.

The city, however, will still have to contend with the legal and financial fallout due to his “culpable negligence,” and the department’s negligence for hiring him in the first place.  City Attorney Jeff Cazeau and his staff certainly have their work cut out for them.

But for the most part, the protests and media circus that have plagued City Hall for months will soon die down.

Unless, of course, the “Illuminati’s” plot to bring down the department’s first Haitian commander succeeds. Continue reading


BREAKING NEWS: NMPD Officer Jonathan Aledda charged with attempted manslaughter (UPDATED)

In a surprise move, the Miami State Attorney’s Office charged North Miami Police Officer Jonathan Aledda in last summer’s police shooting of Charles Kinsey, an unarmed black man.

According to the Miami Herald, he was “arrested and charged Wednesday with a felony count of attempted manslaughter, and a misdemeanor charge of culpable negligence.”

The Herald article also noted that this is the first time in her long career that State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has ever charged a police officer with a crime.  In this instance, however, the evidence was compelling enough to prove that the suspect was not a threat, and that Aledda’s use of force was not warranted. Continue reading


NMPD: The “gift” that keeps on giving. 😂

The fallout from North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene’s recorded testimony about the police shooting last July just keeps getting messier – and is providing plenty of fodder for reporters and bloggers.

The latest document dump by the City of North Miami includes the transcript of Commander Hollant’s testimony to the State Attorney’s Office, the SAO’s Close-Out Memo, audio testimony of Commander Hollant to the FDLE, and the Chief’s audio testimony to the FDLE.

One item the city did not post on its website, but which was reported by the Miami New Times last Friday, is a letter sent to Chief Assistant State Attorney Jose J. Arrojo, Esq. from City Attorney Jeff Cazeau on April 6, 2017.  Mr. Cazeau is apparently upset that Mr. Arrojo released Chief Eugene’s audio testimony, claiming that it “revealed information” regarding “the City’s investigation into CDR Hollant’s actions” in the incident.

Considering that Commander Hollant had already been cleared of all wrongdoing by the State Attorney’s Office within two days of the false charges filed against him, it’s apparent that the “ongoing and open investigation” of Hollant’s alleged actions is nothing but a bogus witch hunt. Continue reading


BOOM! Fred Grimm slams NMPD, defends Commander Hollant

Not only is this story not going away any time soon, but now the Miami Herald’s Fred Grimm, has weighed in on the North Miami Police Department’s disastrous shooting of an unarmed black man last summer.

In his column posted this morning, Police chief confronts feuds, lies, incompetence and a shooting gone wrong,  the renowned columnist reiterated how SWAT team member Officer Jonathan Aledda fired his weapon, not once but three times, after  a sergeant “got on the air and said, ‘I have a visual; it is a toy. QRX,'” explaining that QRX means “stand down, do not do anything.”


Mr. Grimm also described the chaotic scene in which shooting victim Charles Kinsey “had tried his damnedest to convince police that the severely autistic man seated on the curb next to him was harmless. ‘Sir,’ he yelled to the gaggle of twitchy police officers who had responded to a 911 report of a possibly suicidal person like a terrorist threat.  ‘There’s no need for firearms.'”

BOOM! Continue reading


Here comes the spin. Wait for it…

As predicted, North Miami city officials are quickly going into damage control mode, desperately trying to put the genie back in the bottle after yesterday’s bombshell story about the police department.

Can’t really blame them.  They don’t pay media crisis consultant Brian Andrews of The News Directors, Inc. a whopping $2,000.00 a month for nothing.

Last night, NBC6 aired a follow up story about Police Chief Gary Eugene’s explosive interview with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in the aftermath of a notorious police shooting last summer.  In his own words, the Chief described the myriad of problems he had inherited from his incompetent predecessor, Leonard Burgess, when he took the helm only a month earlier.

As expected, the officers he “outed” for conspiring against him … and against the truth … are livid.  “Illuminati” leader, Assistant Chief Larry Juriga, who the Chief accused of lying repeatedly to him about the facts of the shooting, and his “co-conspirator,” Commander Angel Rivera, who allegedly  attempted to coerce Commander Emile Hollant into revising his testimony, are among the cops who should be worried.  It now appears that they deliberately botched the investigation in order to protect the shooter, Jonathan Aledda, a member of the SWAT team under Rivera’s command. Continue reading


BREAKING: NMPD Commander Emile Hollant was set up by “rogue” assistant chief!

I hate to say it, but … okay, not really.

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. Continue reading

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