Families of Shooting Victims to City Commission: "Exposito Must Go"

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photo by Tim Elfrink
The message in black and white at Thursday's commission meeting.
Police Chief Miguel Exposito slumped silently against a wall, his hands clasped tight behind his back, as a parade of family members of men killed by his department petitioned the City Commission last night for one thing: Exposito's head.

"I have two sons myself and I'm asking you for their sake for this stuff to stop," said Wesley Belizaire, who's brother, Gibson, was killed in October. "There have to be some changes in this department."

Supporters of the family members packed City Hall and later waved white signs reading: "Exposito Must Go." Many echoed a similar theme: Since the first shooting under Exposito's watch last summer, the department has been unresponsive to their requests for basic information about their loved ones deaths, they say.

"They said the chief wanted to talk to me, but he never called," said Aaron Foster, who's son, Brandon, was killed in December.

The City Commission -- minus Francis Suarez, who was absent -- listened quietly to the pleas for Exposito's firing.

For the families, answers were as hard to come by in City Hall as they have been in Overtown, Little Haiti and Allapattah since last summer.

Exposito didn't speak at the meeting and Paul Philip, the retired FBI chief hired to investigate the shootings, told commissioners that his report was still in the works.

"We're still looking for justice," said Sheila McNeil, who's son, Travis, was killed in a February shooting.

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14 comments
Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Of course this scumbag Exposito must go!!! Its a wonder how this man still has his job!! Oh, thats right, he gets to keep his job because he is a Miami Cuban. I have never seen a city with such low standards than Miami. An impoverished hellhole in Alabama or Arkansas has higher standards/morals than Miayamiii. What a cuban dump.

Terminate criminals
Terminate criminals

There are too many stupid residents and criminals in Overtown and Liberty City.

There should be a Expiration Stamp on every resident. Get arrested 10 times and then get shot dead.

Picky Eater
Picky Eater

I recall the cops serving a warrant for a felon at his mom's house, he pulled a gun and killed an officer, he was killed, the mom kept telling the press her son was a good boy...there is your problem, you need to pass a test to get a drivers license but any idiot can have kids and raise them to be useless to society.

Stop Crime
Stop Crime

Obey the Police or get shot.

More police needed who stop the criminals.

Culling the herd
Culling the herd

Wasn't one of the criminals who got shot arrested like 38 times? These were no Boy Scouts.

Didn't their mommas teach them to obey the police?

HoodRat
HoodRat

Responsibility starts at home. Take care of your damn kids.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Hey you toothless bigot, there are too many stupid residents and criminals in Miami overall. Kind of like yourself.

Kokujinshu37
Kokujinshu37

Family constellations over 25 years have changed. Families now are being supported by Grandparents because their adult children have substance abuse issues, not to mention a hugh generational gap when raising grandchildren. Grandparents should be living a stress free life in thier golden years of retirement.

ivxx
ivxx

as true as that may be... u can't deny that they're more likely to shoot first and ask questions later in allapatah than in kendall...

and yes allapatah may be more dangerous than kendall but that doesn't mean EVERYONE is a criminal... lumping every resident of those neighborhoods in with the bad ones is what enables this atmosphere of resentment in which the residents don't respect officers, and officers don't trust the residents...

Picky Eater
Picky Eater

cops are not trained to shot to wound, they are trained to shoot to kill, there is no room for doubt when a cop pulls his gun out, they do have alternative weapons that are meant to not kill, but its not a gun.

Picky Eater
Picky Eater

and neighbors who see crime in kendal report it, and actually make a statement, you wonder why everyone in allapatah is lumped together? i bet you no one cares enough to actually help the police rid their streets of the criminals and if they are not willing to help, the police do what they have to do...which is NOT TO DIE for some thug with a stolen handgun...

Doug-g
Doug-g

Every one of these shooting "victims" had prior records and were resisting arrest in some way. These weren's sunday school teachers parked in front of a library...

Kokujinshu37
Kokujinshu37

That may be true Doug-g, but the result should never result in a shooting death. What ever happened to shooting to wound not to kill. Sounds like some retro segregation BS.

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