UPDATED on May 19 at 2:00 p.m.:
The Miami Herald's David Smiley talked to former Miami police chief Manuel Orosa who said the video is not a recruiting video.
Orosa said Entertainment Dynamix donated $40K to Miami Police Athletic League in exchange for city involvement. Not a recruiting vid, he sez— David Smiley (@NewsbySmiley) May 19, 2015
However, Miami Police Lt. Javier Ortiz who is also president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, says this: "Chief Orosa authorized for that video to be taken. All officers including the female officers were on duty and authorized by Orosa. Everyone is pretending that it wasn't the MPD ever since the FOP pointed out how it exploits our female police officers and damages the image of our law enforcement professionals. As you see in the video, I am shown making an arrest. That video was taken during ULTRA three years ago. When I asked who was taking the video, [Chief] Orosa told me it was for recruitment purposes."
A spokesperson for the Miami Police Department declined to answer any questions about the video, instead referring me to Major Delrish Moss, the public information unit's commander.
The people in the video below are actual Miami police officers. But is it a recruiting video authorized and sanctioned by the Miami Police Department?
Stay tuned for an answer to that.
|Screen grabs from "The Real Miami Vice"|
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Miami Fraternal Order of Police president Lt. Javier Ortiz believes the video below shows "what real cops deal with everyday."
On his Facebook page he writes:
"While the MPD released a recruitment video exploiting female officers and making us appear to drive Ferraris and helicopters (which ours isn't even working for over a year), this video will give you a taste of what is the typical call for a Miami Police Officer.
"There are no glitzy lights or shiny cars.
"They're professional men and women that combat crime as well as individuals that no one else will deal with. We expose ourselves and our families to not only violent offenders on a daily basis, but disease. God bless our law enforcement officers."