Miguel Exposito's Leadership Questioned Again Over Violent Reality TV Show Promo

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On Saturday, Miami police shot and killed a 27-year-old suspect in Overtown -- the sixth black man they've killed since last summer. The latest death has left Chief Miguel Exposito fighting for his job and pleading his case to community leaders that cops only use violence when absolutely necessary.

It's hard to mesh those sentiments, though, with a promo for a new reality show filmed inside the Miami PD that shows Exposito seeming to call his cops "predators" and another officer announcing, "we hunt, that's what I like."


The promo is for a show called "Miami's Finest: Special Operations Section," filmed by Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment.

Watch the video here: 

Update: A lawyer for Bischoff-Hervey has politely asked us remove the Youtube promo via a cease and desist letter, saying it was "unauthorized and unlicensed." For now, you can still find the clip over at Youtube, though the lawyer says they've also asked the service to delete it.

It's not clear when the footage was shot or whether a network has picked up the show, but the producers look to have a treasure trove of Miami cops smoking stogies, busting down doors and cracking jokes.

The tone throughout makes it clear: These guys are out for a fight.

"We hunt. That's what I like," an unnamed officer intones at the beginning of the clip. "I like to hunt."

Skip ahead to the 3:08 mark and you'll hear this from Exposito: "I wanted to have something where our guys were going out there proactively ... like predators."

Now, to be fair to Expo, there is definitely a fishy looking reality-TV jump cut in the middle of that quote. It's possible the chief was somehow making an elaborate metaphor about the Nashville Predators that was taken out of context.

But that seems unlikely, and -- what's more -- it was on Expo's go-ahead that the reality show was given this kind of access in the first place.

Either way, in light of the department's recent record of deadly shootings, some black leaders aren't amused by the soundbite.

"It's not right for a chief to call his officers 'predators,'" says Rev. Jerome Starling, who met with Mayor Tomas Regalado earlier this week to talk about the shootings.

Exposito didn't respond to questions about the clip posed through a department spokesman, Napier Velazquez.

Riptide also got in touch with Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment about the show. Through a spokesman, co-founder Jason Hervey (a former child actor on The Wonder Years) would only say that "there is no official announcement yet" about the show.

Hervey's partner in the project, Eric Bischoff, is a former WCW wrestling announcer, TV producer and, incidentally, author of a book called Controversy Creates Cash.

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Vj
Vj

We cannot have it both ways! We complain when our police is complacent, at least I know I do, I am tired of seeing some of these, lazy, overweight cops, speeding in patrol cars, on their mobile phones, while crimes are being perpetrated. I, for one, want to see our officers preventing crimes when possible, and not giving criminals a moments rest.

Firefighters use hoses, axes, and ladders to fight fires, well, the police use hand cuffs, tasers, and side arms (with bullets) to fight crime, and YES it is a FIGHT. If a criminal refuses to surrender, and retaliates, I want our police to defend themselves, not retreat, which only serves to embolden the criminal and demoralize our law enforcement professionals.

The police, fight crime, enforce laws, capture criminals; attack a lawman with a gun, you will be double tapped, and you just may perish.

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If Mayor Tomas Regalado attempted to interfer in a police investigation he should be investigated and indicted.

The Mayors best friend is the lobbyist for the gambling machine operators. The Mayor always does what lobbyists tell him to do. There is no excuse to break the law.

Jesse
Jesse

also, the producer of the show will appear live on our show on january 20th at 6:30pm on www.jtown.tv

paige
paige

The show looks great! I can't wait to see it

Jesse
Jesse

i cannot wait to see this show, it looks totally awesome.

Suzy Q
Suzy Q

Miguel Espisito - tin badge, tin brawn, tin brain, tin tongue, hypocrite, killer. We should fire his ass.

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GOOD! NOW PEOPLE CAN SEE WHAT THESE CITY COPS HAVE TO DEAL WITH SO THEY STOP QUESTIONING THEM WHEN THEY HAVE TO USE DEADLY FORCE! WE LIVE IN AN IGNORANT COMMUNITY! When the time comes for one of these "community leaders" or "outraged" citizens to call police because they are being robbed at gun point they might change their closed minds!

paige
paige

when is the show airing

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