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Vote For Miami's Worst Cop of 2012

Orlando Martinez de Castro: South Miami

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Thestrawbuyer.com
Current status: on duty

Why he is the worst: In October, the Miami-Dade ethics commission charged Martinez de Castro with four violations of unethical conduct because he steered city business to his wife's auto tag agency. He allegedly violated South Miami's prohibition on transacting business with a family relative and the county's prohibition on exploitation of official position.

According to South Miami Mayor Phillip Stoddard, the chief also misspent forfeiture funds. In 2011, the city issued about $20,000 in payments to Lou's Police Distributors for handguns, rifles, ammunition, repair services, binoculars, reserve officer's uniforms and flashlights. Other expenses included about $17,000 to Enterprise Rent-A-Car for leasing undercover vehicles, and about $50,000 in technological upgrades, software, computers and supplies to Tigerdirect, Dell, International Data Consulting, USA Software, and Bar Codes Unlimited.

In August, he also turned over a homeless illegal Canadian immigrant named Richard Papove to ICE officials. Papove performed odd jobs for the chief's enemies on the city commission.

That's just an abuse of power.


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10 comments
KOOLTOZE
KOOLTOZE

Hang them all from streetlights...and hang Katherine Fernandez Rundle, too !!!

stonecrab
stonecrab

Frank's reflogging of the excellent reporting by Crespo & TheStrawBuyer raises important questions:

(1) why do our local top cops have such trouble following the law?

(2) why do our city managers have such trouble keeping these jokers in check before they cross the line into criminal activity?

(3) why won't State Atty Fernandez Rundle beat the crap out of these bozos?

(4) why are the Herald and New Times no longer the FIRST places we read about these cops-turned-crooks?  

yankee37
yankee37

I have to agree with Al Crespo. You guys dropped the ball when you overlooked Javi Ortiz and his side  kick Lugo.

al004
al004

Hey Frank,


What happened to accuracy in reporting?  Contrary to your claims that the Miami Herald broke the story about the dirty cops in Miami, I'm the one who really broke the story on December 7th.  In fact, I wrote 2 stories - December 7th and 10th - before the Herald did a story.

 
And when it comes to dirty cops in Miami, no list an be complete without the inclusion of Edward Lugo and his pal Javier Ortiz.  In fact not only did I write 5 stories this year about Lugo, and/or Lugo and Ortiz, by my first story in 2013 is going to be about this duo.

Where did all the love go for you Number 1 Political Blogger, Frank? I give you guys credit anytime I reference one of your stories, yet you all at New Times not only don't give the bloggers credit for the stories they break, but you all cherry pick stories and info from blogs around town without giving credit.

I think that New Times and the Miami Herald need to make a New Year's Resolution to change this bad behavior in 2013.  How about you all having a staff meeting on January 2nd and agreeing to the following resolution:  This year, New Times will show respect and integrity in our reporting by crediting the bloggers who wrote the original stories. We will not rip off their content, or pretend they don't exist when we think it's convenient to do so.

Happy New Year,

al crespo                                                                                                                                         The Crespogram Report


SpiceMiami
SpiceMiami

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floydianslipped
floydianslipped

@al004 you're right on Al it's not even worth submitting story breaking tips. At least Crime-stoppers will pay for good tips these folks not only won't credit but STEAL IT TOO attributing themselves. FAIL NEW TIMES you used to be better than that

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