It's Time to Recall Mayor Tomas Regalado
Miami really needs to get rid of Mayor Tomas Regalado. It's time to recall his ass. Last week, while being interviewed by Spanish-language TV station Channel 41, America Teve, he proclaimed that cops sweeping for criminals in Overtown, Liberty City, and Little Haiti would "meet violence with violence." Watch the clip for yourself.
He didn't make that comment during any of his interviews with the English-speaking media outlets because he knows he's talking to a different audience in Spanish.
How in hell can he, the top elected official in the city, justify that the police meet violence with violence? What happened to "serve and protect"? Every police training academy teaches future cops that using their firearms is a last resort.
But Regalado wants to turn Miami's inner city into his personal Iraq. He is the one responsible for turning the police loose in District 5, where cops shot a 16-year-old boy they claim pulled a gun on them two weeks ago. Last week the same officer who shot the teenager was involved in the gun battle that killed another young man Miami police claim was armed with a shotgun.
The folks living in those condos on Brickell Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard better make sure little Bobby ain't running around the streets with a water pistol, or else he might end up shot by a police officer. The mayor doesn't seem to realize there is an entity called the U.S. Department of Justice to deal with people like him. The DOJ has come to Miami before to root out corrupt cops who planted guns on suspects after they were shot.
If Regalado is not careful, he might find himself in the middle of an investigation at a time the city is already reeling from a federal probe into Miami's finances.
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