Let's play trivia. Today's topic: laughably inept local governments. Can you name the Miami-Dade village that mysteriously suspended its top three cops March 27?
No, not Sweetwater. That was then-mayor Manny Maroño, who was busted for taking bribes. No, not Homestead. There, it was Mayor Steve Bateman arrested for unlawful compensation. The correct answer is Biscayne Park. But don't worry. Nobody had heard of the V-shaped village, ensconced twixt North Miami and Miami Shores like a necklace between neighborhood cleavage, until the bizarre batch of suspensions back in March. Police Chief Ray Atesiano promptly resigned. Village officials called in a private security company to investigate. And Biscayne Park went on lock-down. The only announcement was that acting corporal Thomas "Tommy" Harrison would take control of the police department for the time being.
But if Biscayne Park was looking for a strong, moral leader, Harrison wasn't it. Internal affairs records from Harrison's previous employer, Miami-Dade Schools Police Department, paint him as a party boy who couldn't lead much more than a keg stand.More »