Vote For Miami's Worst Cop of 2012

Ricky Gomez: Doral

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Current status: Fired on Dec. 11

Why he is the worst: Gomez may have escaped criminal prosecution to begin 2012, but he couldn't escape the ax before the end of the year. Doral interim city manager Merrett Stierheim terminated Gomez after reviewing a Florida Department of Law Enforcement report detailing an investigation into Gomez and possible bid-rigging and misuse of funds that began in April 2011.

Agents for FDLE were prepared to arrest Gomez, but prosecutors declined to press charges and closed the case this past January. The investigation found that Gomez abused his official position by having a city vendor foot the bill for his swearing-in ceremony at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa and helped another vendor win a contract to provide furniture for his new office.

Stierheim told CBS4 he got rid of Gomez because he was dismayed by an intimidating and insular culture the chief created when reviewing the files. He also raised concerns over the way Gomez would hire and fire employees and the morale in the department.

Gomez has repeatedly denied any wrong doing and alleged that the the investigation was initiated by former city council members and Stierheim's predecessor based on bogus allegations. Still, when he's comparing his dismissal to being treated like one of the jihadists responsible for the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, Gomez doesn't deserve any sympathy.

The day after he was fired, Gomez proclaimed at a press conference: "I felt like I was a member of al-Qaida being taken off to Gitmo, it was really ridiculous."

No, Ricky. You're ridiculous.

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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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