Thursday, March 24, 2011

Another bad week for Miguel Exposito

I don't know anything about Miami police chief Miguel Exposito's personal habits.

But if I were a betting man, I'd wager a C-note or two that he pops quite a few antacid tablets. He just strikes me as a guy who might be fighting a severe case of acid reflux.

And if that's the case, he may want to bring an extra large bottle of Tums to work today.

It looks like its gonna be another one of those days.

In today's Miami Herald', Chuck Rabin reports that "family members of seven black men slain by Miami police, along with community leaders...will get their say in front of Miami commissioners Thursday, where they will demand more leadership positions for black police officers in the inner city and the elimination of some specialized units."

There will, no doubt, be more calls for the chief to resign or be fired.

Tuesday was also another bad day for Exposito.

The chief and his police force got some more bad national press with publication online of a New York Times story headlined, "Race Issues Rise for Miami Police."

The story by Don Van Natta - a former Miami Herald reporter - summarized for a national audience, the killings by Miami police of 7 black men in 8 months and the chief's embarrassment over a leaked TV pilot that showed him calling his men were "predators."

The story marks the second time in three months that Chief Exposito has ended up on the pages of the New York Times.

Emotions will be probably be running high at today's meeting with more calls by community members for Exposito's firing. The Herald's Rabin reports that city manager "[Tony] Crapp has remained tight-lipped on his plans for the chief."

Rabin didn't say in his story if Exposito planned to be at the commission meeting. I'm guessing he won't be.

Perhaps he'll be in his office popping more antacids while he tries to figure out how to keep any more names from being added to this memorial mural I spotted in Overtown on Wednesday.

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