Derick Kuilan, Fired Joyriding Miami Beach Cop, Made $91K Last Year, Had List of Complaints

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Derick Kuilan, the cop fired for slamming his ATV into two beachgoers last Sunday -- allegedly while drunkenly joyriding on duty -- didn't make the list we published last year of Miami Beach cops who earned six figures. But it turns out he came pretty damn close.

Kuilan hauled in $91,032.51 in salary and overtime last year, Riptide has learned. He also had a half-dozen allegations of using excessive force in his six years on the beat and earned a disciplinary hearing in October for missing court dates, according to his internal affairs records.

Kuilan was fired Tuesday after police discovered he'd picked up a 27-year-old woman at the Clevelander while on duty and then took her on a high-speed ATV ride down the beach. Witnesses said Kulian and another officer, Rolando Gutierrez, had been drinking on the job.

Kuilan slammed into Luis Almonte and Kitzie Nicanor, who had been lying on the sand to watch the sunrise, sending both to the hospital with serious injuries. Witnesses said he fled the scene.

Almonte is recovering from a shattered femur. Nicanor, who has a 1-year-old son, seems to be in worse shape. Relatives told the Miami Herald this morning she's still unconscious after having her spleen removed and that she's awaiting surgery for a shattered leg and a perforation in her heart. 

Records show that Kuilan, who was hired in May 2005, had six internal affairs complaints filed against him, beginning in July 2006. 

None of the complaints was substantiated by IA investigators. Riptide has requested full access to his file, but those records haven't been made available yet. 

A New Times investigation into the MBPD last year found that 54 percent of the force's 367 cops pulled in at least six figures in salary and overtime. 

Kuilan fell a few thousand dollars short of that mark. 

But the force's larger issue exposed by our story -- a lack of oversight that has led to everything from cops sleeping on the job to shoplifting on duty to systematically harassing gay men in Flamingo Park -- has been made all too evident again with Kuilan's early-morning joyride. 

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Laurajgivens
Laurajgivens

I know kitzie and am so sad to know this happened. She is an amazing mother and I pray she makes a full recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

Why the delay?
Why the delay?

A citizen would have been arrested by now.

Driving without lights?DUI?Leaving the scene?Injuries?Failure to perform?Passenger on a police ATV?

A citizen would have beenLocked up by now.

Mayor Bower?

Daniel
Daniel

This right here just puts the cherry on top to the list of reasons why I am moving away from Miami Beach next month. 

El Guesto
El Guesto

MBPD is corrupt and lawless.  How many more unarmed people are these cops going to execute?  Fire Chief Noriega immediately, then bring in a real chief who will instill discipline and clean that place up.

michael wind
michael wind

fire the chief for covering up the complains.

Handcuffs Now
Handcuffs Now

It was reported that at least one of the cops who responded to the hit and run tried to stop the witnesses and victims from reporting the crime. True?

When will the creep Derick get arrested? If it was Derick who arrested a hit and run criminal I bet the criminal would have gotten beaten up by now.

ok
ok

Why are people always jealous of what other make, what does the incident have to do with his salary. He didn't steal the money, he earned it. Just because he makes more than you doesn't mean he didn't rightfully earned it. Stick to the subject. Why doesn't the author post his salary. In these days and time is 90,000 alot of money, nope.

Daniel
Daniel

yea you need to just shut your mouth, ok ?

ConcernedCitizen
ConcernedCitizen

 $90,000 is a whole lot of money for some people! I would be living VERY comfortably with that money! And how could you say he rightfully earned that money, when he was JUST fired for drinking on the job, driving under the influence, driving with a passenger which is illegal, AND RUNNING OVER TWO PEOPLE? He clearly does not deserve to be making money when all he is doing is committing crimes! He should be put in jail, he broke the law! What is wrong with people?!

Prison awaits
Prison awaits

This turd made $91,000 plus benefits?

Mayor Bower, are you insane?

This creep ran away after badly injuring 3 civilians? 3 tourists?

Send a message, give this grunt 12+ years in prison.

WastingMyMoney
WastingMyMoney

The average police officer's salary in the United States is UNDER $50k.  What am I missing here?  Stop wasting our tax money!!!

Cops said "Shut Up"
Cops said "Shut Up"

Is it true other cops told witnesses to "Shut Up"?

They should be fired to, for attempting to cover up multiple crimes.

Fire all the disrespectful
Fire all the disrespectful

This bozo cop even ran off leaving his passenger injured. Such a romantic. Not able to boint her after his lights off race to the beach because of the pesky accident he runs away.

Those other cops should be fired too. So disrespectful.

Arrest him now
Arrest him now

$91,000 in pay and overtime? Does that include the cost of his health care and the taxpayer contribution to his pension?

Driving without lights?DUI?Leaving the scene?

This idiot needs to be arrested now. Then sent to prison.

If he was a citizen he would have been arrested already.

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