Vote For Miami's Worst Cop of 2012

Cheryl Cason: Opa-Locka

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Current status: On duty

Why she is the worst: Long before she was promoted to police chief in 2008, Cason was disciplined 22 times in an eight-year period between 1984 (the year she was hired) and 1991, when she tested positive for cocaine in two separate tests.

The department rehired her in 1999 after reaching a settlement with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that allowed her to keep her police certification. Cason has denied taking illegal drugs, asserting the tests were tainted.

In 2011, then-Opa-Locka city manager Clarence Patterson suspended her after she failed to report an accident in her city vehicle, allegedly breaking a mirror as she backed out of her driveway. She failed to call an accident investigator as required by a policy she instituted, according to an Miami Herald investigative report in June.

The same story found that under Cason's tenure, there were 41 internal affairs investigations against Opa-Locka's 58-member force in 2011. Ten police officers being fired or forced to resign after the probes found that some had been discharged from other departments for wrongdoing, had criminal records or lied on their job applications.

In October, one of her former captains Arthur Balom pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine, Ecstasy and Oxycodone. According to the federal indictment, Balom aided and abetted Opa-Locka's Back Blue Gang by re-routing cops away from the gang would do business. Balom would also tell the gang about police activity in the area and assist members when they came into contact with law enforcement.

No wonder Opa-Locka's crime rate remains among the highest in Florida for cities of its size.

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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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