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Regalado Calls For Exposito’s Resignation

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City of Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito and Mayor Tomas Regalado durring a press conference in April of 2010 (Photo Credit: Miami Herald).

City of Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito and Mayor Tomas Regalado durring a press conference in April of 2010 (Photo Credit: Miami Herald).

MIAMI (CBS4) – Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado joined the call Thursday for the city’s embattled police chief, Miguel Exposito, to resign.

Regalado has been locked in recent battles with Exposito over the department’s handling of six police involved shootings, embarrassments over a corruption sting the state attorney’s office largely rejected as unsubstantiated, and much more.

Mayor Regalado said, “I think the best way to move on for the city will be to have a very amicable and decent departure and then we can move on with the police department.”

Three city commissioners—Richard Dunn, Francis Suarez and Wilfredo Gort are urging Exposito to step aside. So is the police union president.

Only the city manager has hiring and firing power and he just brought in a retired FBI special agent to take a top to bottom look at the police department.

The question is–why bother with that review if so many minds already appear to be made up?

Regalado answered, “The manager has been consistent in what he’s been saying from day one. He wants to examine all departments.”

Chief Exposito has been turning down media requests lately, but did issue a brief statement in which he made it clear he will not be resigning. The pitched political drama over his future, it seems, is far from over.

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