Stephanie Kienzle of VotersOpinion is proud to add her name to the long list of endorsements that North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph has already received in his bid for for re-election. Continue reading
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
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
At first the problems were subtle and merely annoying.
For example, blogs weren’t showing up on the main page. Then I’d correct typos, but those updates wouldn’t appear.
Hmmmm. Continue reading
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
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.
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
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
The Miami Herald reported on Monday that Merritt Stierheim, who was appointed by the state to fix Opa-locka’s financial woes, has given up his advisory position, citing a “deeply rooted culture of dysfunction among the city’s leaders” who are “unwilling to deal with millions of dollars in debts and bring on seasoned managers to overcome Opa-locka’s intractable financial emergency.”
Stierheim apparently “has made no secret of his lack of faith in Opa-locka’s mayor, Myra Taylor, and its city manager, Yvette Harrell,” both of whom have deliberately stymied all efforts to stop the city from plunging into bankruptcy. Continue reading
Farm Share in partnership with North Miami Beach Police and NMB PAL are joining forces to distribute FREE food and grocery items to the public on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Allen Park/DeLeonardis Youth Center, 1770 NW 162 Street, North Miami Beach, FL. Quantities are limited! First come, first serve. For more information contact 305-949-5500, ext. 2532.
It took only $10,000 in campaign donations for Miami Beach developer Russell Galbut to persuade the Miami-Dade County Board of Rules and Appeals to rule in his favor.
How much did it cost him to
buy convince a Miami-Dade County judge to do the exact same thing?
An August 4, 2016 article in the Florida Bulldog, Owners at South Beach’s Shelborne fight $30 million assessments, foreclosure, reported on a Miami-Dade civil court case alleging that Russell Galbut, along with relatives and business associates, broke Florida condominium association laws after stacking the board to push out all the “non-Galbut” unit owners of the condominium hotel through forced sales and foreclosures.
Five years ago on April 18, 2012, forty two unit owners fought back by filing a lawsuit against the Shelborne Ocean Beach Condominium Association, Inc. and fifteen other defendants including the association’s president Martin Wasserman, Shelborne Property Associates, LLC, of which Russell Galbut is a Manager, and “four shell companies Galbut controls,” as well as his cousins Keith Menin and Joan Brent. (Huber, et al, vs. Shelborne Ocean Beach Hotel Condominium Association, Inc., et al; Case No. 2012-015281-CA-01.)
At the time the lawsuit was filed in 2012, Galbut-owned companies owned 100 rooms and 57 commercial spaces, or “less than one sixth of the units,” according to defense attorney Ronald M. Rosengarten of Greenberg Traurig. Since then, the Galbut group obtained 120 more units, which enabled them to achieve a majority on the board.