Vote For Miami's Worst Cop of 2012
|Who will take John Timoney's title?|
But the quintet of contenders in Miami this year up have certainly done a heck of a job tarnishing the badge. There are so many bad police chiefs, we can't decide who deserves the top honor. So readers, please help us by voting for your pick for Miami's Worst Cop in 2012. Make your picks in the comments section or in the comments section on our Facebook page. We'll announce the winner before the New Year:
- John Timoney, America's Worst Cop
Thomas Hunker: Bal Harbour
Why he is the worst: Under a money laundering operation Hunker started shortly after hired him three years ago, Bal Harbour police conducted 227 money pickups and laundered $56.2 million across the country, but made no arrests related to the criminal probes, according to a recent scathing U.S. Justice Department of Justice audit. Hunker claimed his task force was responsible for 84 arrests and $49.7 million in seized cash that were actually done by other law enforcement agencies. He could not provide the feds with a single example of his task force presenting a case for prosecution.
Meanwhile according to the Justice Department, Bal Harbour officers routinely inflated the hours worked on each operation, citing 2,000 hours in some cases and 4,000 hours on others. Hunker also went on stupendously ridiculous shopping sprees that included $3,200 for a Miami-Dade police chiefs golf outing at Miami Shores Country Club; $1,000 for two nights' stay at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and thousands more in sumptuous meals at Carpaccio Restaurant in the Bal Harbour Shoppes.
Not even Miami rapper Rick Ross gets flossy like Hunker.