Miami Police Chief: “Police Are Not Surveilling Mayor”

MIAMI (CBS4) — Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito denied allegations Friday afternoon that he was having Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado followed. A day earlier, Regalado told CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald that he believes officers were following him.

At a press conference Friday afternoon, Exposito dismissed Regalado’s allegations as “a general attack on the department.”

“Mayor Regalado needs to identify exactly what officers are surveilling him rather than launching a general attack on the department,” Exposito said at the news conference. “I will tell you that Miami police officers are not surveilling the Mayor or any other elected official in the city of Miami.”

Exposito went on to say that the person following him is a process server and said Regalado has been “avoiding legal service.”

Regalado has not responded yet to Exposito’s claim.

Exposito also defended the recent police-involved shootings saying that his department’s goal is to keep the streets safe.

“The police-involved shootings are under my watch. These cases along with police involved shooting are awaiting final disposition,” Exposito said.

Exposito added that last year 1,000 firearms were seized. He also said the number of police officers killed had increased over the previous year.

In addition, Exposito stood by his allegations that Regalado had interfered into the police department’s investigation into illegal gambling. Exposito said he had turned over his evidence to the FBI.

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Before the press conference, Regalado expressed fear as the public dispute between himself and Exposito has become more heated.

“I just feel very threatened,” Regalado told the paper, and then claimed he had been warned by several police officers that he and Commissioner Richard P. Dunn II were being followed.

Regalado and Dunn have been critical of Exposito’s leadership and have called for his removal as chief of police following a spate of police-involved shootings and growing pressure from the public surrounding lack of disclosure about those cases. The most recent shooting was in Overtown on New Year’s Day.

Exposito wrote a letter to federal law enforcement accusing Regalado of interfering with police raids on illegal gambling after Regalado demanded police postpone the delays, an accusation the mayor denies.

Regalado said he has noticed several suspicious vehicles with heavily tinted windows shadowing him, twice in front of his home and over the holidays as he delivered turkeys around Miami.

A spokesman for Exposito denied Thursday that anyone was watching Regalado or any other elected official and Commissioner Francis Suarez told The Herald that he was not aware of Regalado’s accusations of being followed and that he himself did not believe he was being followed.

Exposito, 56, has been chief of police since November 2009, shortly following Regalado’s election.

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  • Me

    The problem with leaders/politicians in Miami Dade is that they have a third world attitude and think they are living in Cuba still. Corruption is in their blood and they don’t even speak good English. They are more concerned with their own needs than the people’s needs they swore to protect and work for. Miami should just become North Cuba.

    • Manny

      As a Cuban American I agree with you buddy.

      • Pretzeldude

        Which r u? Cuban or American? You can’t be both. That’s the problem with the Miami Dade leaders. They are Latin when it suits them them American when it suits them. If one is not 100% American then get out and go home.

    • Razz

      I guess this helps explain why in the last 20 years Miami has grown into nothing but a big nasty ghetto. Even the so-called “NICE AREAS” are saturated with people to the point where they are no longer “NICE.” At least not by my standards. The cubans, corrupt politicians and anybody else that wants it can have it. Good luck to them.

  • Jerry

    Miami politicans are reporting UFO’s (unidentified following officers) and soon ET’s (excited taxpayers) will be next. This madness needs to stop.

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  • Dade Deputy

    The Mayor is just appeasing his constituent base. The only thing he is thinking about is his re-election. Because once drunken with power, it’s hard to give it up. He accuses the Chief for the police shootings. What the hell are the cops suppossed to do? Wait until the subject with the gun shoots first so that they can fire back? I don’t think so.

  • jb

    Kind of reminds me of the days when crazy Joe Carollo was Mayor of Miami. Not good by any stretch of the imagination.

    • irish kevin

      Wasn’t he a member of the Tea Party?

  • Jason

    Why is Miami so corrupt?? That’s what I can’t understand.

  • elgaguito

    Miami is no more corrupt than New Orleans or Atlanta.. I have lived in both of those cities and can attest that police and aldermen/county representatives/ name it, are doing time in the Federal pen..anglos whisper, latinos yell but all do the same.. STEAL….

  • elgaguito

    Exposito violated two cardinal rules:
    1. The Boss is always right.
    2. If you shoot at the King, don’t miss.

    I am betting on Regalado to win this scuffle.

  • razz

    Heaven Help Us All. Hostility, brutality, and hatred is on the rise. Nation against Nation, Race against Race, No love for our fellow man, Laws and Justice don’t seem to exist anymore. Heaven Help Us All.

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