Vote For Miami's Worst Cop of 2012
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.