Miami Police Union President Wants To Recall Tomas Regalado

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Tomas Regalado is no longer an FOP friend.
The police union president who helped Tomas Regalado become Miami mayor in 2009 is now calling on his brothers and sisters in blue to oust the city's embattled leader. Taking his cue from our recent cover story about the mayor's failures, Armando Aguilar -- President of the Miami Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police -- says he wants to mount a recall against Regalado. "I got the idea from you guys," Aguilar explains. "I'm incorporating some of your ten reasons to recall him into my press release. I've had it. Enough is enough."

Aguilar insists his falling out with Regalado doesn't have anything to do with the mayor's fractured relationship with current Police Chief Miguel Exposito. "It is not about whether he supports the chief or not," Aguilar says, specifically citing the severance payouts to Tony Crapp and Larry Spring as examples of Tomas' "malfeasance and incompetence."

Over the weekend, the union's executive board voted to back his play, Aguilar adds. However, he still has to get approval to mount a campaign from all of Miami's FOP members. "We're going to have the vote on August 9," Aguilar says. "I've got a feeling it's going to be overwhelmingly yes to start collecting signatures."

Aguilar tells Banana Republican he is also confident the FOP will be able to mount a well-funded recall campaign, as well as enlist the city's other unions in the effort. "At the very least we will get the necessary signatures," Aguilar promises. "There will be a recall election."

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Chauffeurs...
Chauffeurs...

If Police union executives want to find another $1 MILLION to get cops on the street then why aren't they complaining about the 5 policemen being used as chauffeurs for commissioners and the City Manager?

Chauffeurs? Seriously?

Exposito dummy
Exposito dummy

Hello Police Chief Exposito? Why do you allow 5-6 certified police officers to hang out at City Hall being chauffeurs to the commissioners and Mayor? Do you know crime on the streets is up? You waste over $1 MILLION per year so cops can be chauffeurs?

Internal Affairs bent
Internal Affairs bent

Are Internal Affairs cops so corrupt they refuse to arrest the downtown cops who take bribes and kickbacks to let Club Space stay open?

Hello? Corrupt cops.

Corrupt cops
Corrupt cops

Criminals are imbedded with Tomas Regalado but who even respects policemen nowadays? Really? A small minority try to do the right thing and the rest are lazy SOB's who take bribes and pile up overtime and off-duty pay.

In fact, a small core of police support the illegal operation of the drug club called Club Space. Seriously? Open 24/7? Music on the illegal roof?

Why doesn't the FOP or Internal Affairs bust the corrupt cops?

Regalado - do something!
Regalado - do something!

Several of the police officers doing 24/7 chauffeur duty make over $140,000 per year.

Regalado is too stupid to stop the practice.

Police as chauffeurs!
Police as chauffeurs!

What's up with Regalado and Sarnoff and the other commissioners using 6 $130,000 per policemen to be their 24/7 chauffeurs? Don't they know crime is up? Chauffeurs?

Why does the Police Department allow 6 veteran cops to be taken off the street?

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