Miami-Dade Police Chief Quits Police Union
|James Loftus tells PBA to hit the road.|
Yes. You read right. A softball game.
PBA Vice-President Steadman Stahl skewered sergeants Darryl Rassmussen and Robert Trujillo (who retired from the department) for leading the criminal probes of former county police officers Daniel Fernandez and Joe Losada. A Miami-Dade jury recently convicted both men on criminal charges stemming from an undercover IA investigation involving a self-admitted drug dealer who claimed Fernandez and Losada had planted drugs on him and stolen his money during a 2005 arrest.
In his column for the PBA Heat newsletter, Stahl wrote: "This investigation was a total embarrassment because it was sloppy and poorly conducted."
Loftus, in his memo, says: "Regardless of the testimony, the evidence, or the outcome, it is wrong to insult two quality men because they were doing their jobs." The county chief also ripped into unnamed PBA representatives for insinuating he tried to fix a police softball game.
Read the memo below: