Video Could Help Arm Miami Police Chief Against Mayor

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Police Chief Miguel Exposito
As the saga of Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito's war with Mayor Tomás Regalado rages on, a new development could fuel the battle between the two estranged friends over illegal gambling in the city's bodegas and cafeterias. New Times has obtained video footage of what looks like a man winning a stack of cash after playing a coin-operated machine game.

The 45-second clip, recorded with an iPhone camera owned by a source who wishes to remain anonymous, shows a man sitting on a stool in front of a machine located inside El Capitan Cafeteria at 3061 South River Drive. The man -- who sports a short haircut and wears a white, long sleeve shirt and dark jeans -- opens the machine's cash box and hands several bills of what look like U.S. currency to a heavyset man with eyeglasses standing next to him.

New Times played the footage for El Capitan's owner, a man who identified himself as German. He declined to provide his last name. German's cafeteria was empty except for a buxom middle-aged woman behind the lunch counter. He explained that his seven machines, which include electronic poker, black jack, and horse races, are for entertainment purposes only. "My customers play to pass the time," German insisted. "It's all for fun."



He acknowledged being the individual in the clip who paid the bespectacled player, but vehemently denied the cash was winnings. "The machine had a malfunction," German explains, "so I was just giving the customer a refund."

Machines like the ones German operates have been the lynchpin of Exposito's accusations against Regalado. The embattled police chief claims the mayor meddled into criminal investigations and raids involving illegal gambling at city cafeterias and bodegas. In October, Regalado championed an ordinance that would fine merchants $500 and allow them to keep the machines, instead of arrest them on state misdemeanor charges of illegal gambling.

German complained that the police are making it hard for small businessmen like him to earn a living. "We are not breaking the law," German says. "We are just providing entertainment for people who choose to eat a meal here."

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Irishblaze33161
Irishblaze33161

technically everything in dade county falls under miami-dade police jurisdiction

Sickofthisshit
Sickofthisshit

Explaining away what is clear as day on this video and trying to discredit the author is just another example of cops making excuses in order to protect their benefactors and to not do their jobs. What's the matter mr. police officer, don't want to bust this cafeteria in fear that you'll lose your daily hand jobs from the skanks that work there?

LGIRAU
LGIRAU

This is great!   I think Regalado spent too much time with the Fenomemecos before he got elected and thinks this is a joke too.   These men in uniforms know what they see, when they see it, and how they see it. Tomas face it! you hate the POLICE.

You have messed them up since you got elected.     

SHAZAM!
SHAZAM!

Machines are located less than 50' from the city/county line. City of Miami cops routinely patrol this location and have made several arrests at the cafeteria and the convenience store next door. For all intents and purposes local law enforcement treat this location as if it is within the city limits. If you go back and read the details of operation lucky 7, Expo says they targeted these machines both within the city limits and near city limits.

Crime pays
Crime pays

The gambling machines are being promoted by Mayor Tomas Regalado and his "best friend" lobbyist Armando Gutrierrez. The lobbyist was hired by the gambling machine companies. The gambling machines prey on poor people.

Cane
Cane

Yep. I too would like to confirm that the address is not within the jurisdiction of Mayor Regalado and Cheif Exposito.

None
None

The only problem with this story is that this cafeteria is not within the city of miami boundaries. The cafeteria falls within Miami -Dade police jurisdiction.

Gungadin
Gungadin

Mr. Alvarado should know that the cafeteria is outside the City of Miami....you may want to contact Miami Dade Police Director Loftus to conduct a real investigation on the coin operated machines....

Marty Kohn
Marty Kohn

Doesn't it look like a police radio on the table at the beginning of the video?

Marty Kohn
Marty Kohn

Why haven't the people behind the casinos and paramutuals forced the state to crack down on these machines?

P_Nis
P_Nis

Malfunction my ass!!

nevernot
nevernot

He was referring to a malfunction of the camera.... It wasn't supposed to be filming ;)

P_Nis
P_Nis

Exactly. Now let's sit back and watch the cops do their jobs...

PFFT!!!!!

nevernot
nevernot

Hahahahahahahahaaa.... Cops doing their jobs... Hahahahaha, I think I just hurt myself..... must... stop.... laaughing.......

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