MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The arrest of the girlfriend of a Miami Police officer who was found dead in his Pembroke Pines home has hit the law enforcement community hard and left some questions unanswered.
Pembroke Pines Police officers arrested Tiniko Thompson on Wednesday, May 29th on a charge of second degree murder relating to the death of Miami Police Officer Carl Patrick . Pembroke Pines Police said the evidence collected at Patrick’s home shows that Thompson was responsible for Patrick’s death
Sgt. Javier Ortiz, President of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police questioned how the arrest occurred and sent a news release to the media asking, “Why Was a Cop Killer Given White Glove Treatment.”
“The question we have is who made the decision to allow a cop killer to call the shots on how they were going to be taken into custody?” Sgt. Javier Ortiz wrote in a statement. “Who allowed a wanted cop killer to walk freely in the presence of the public (with no clue if she was armed) and an army of police officers to enter an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz with knowledge that she had an active warrant for 2nd degree murder? This is the same cop killer that allowed Officer Carl Patrick to lay shot and struggling for hours to breathe before his life was unjustly taken away from him.”
Ortiz also spoke exclusively to CBS4’s Peter D’Oench with some harsh words for Tiniko Thompson.
He told D’Oench, “She’s not innocent. The evidence will be able to prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt that she killed Officer Carl Patrick.
I don’t think there’s any question. The answer is clear. She killed Carl Patrick. She has no remorse. She’s a cop killer. We believe justice will prevail in this case.”
Ortiz was also aggravated over Thompson’s actions after the shooting.
“What was really aggravating was when the video came out of her on a cell phone driving Carl’s car around. She’s driving around in a dead police officer’s car all over town with no care in the world. It was just, forget disrespectful. It was disgusting,” said Ortiz. “She killed a police officer in full police uniform. And nobody was in the house and there wasn’t any type of confrontation like that and then to wrap him up in a blanket as if she was going to move the body. This was not reasonable.”
On Thursday, Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa released a statement regarding Thompson’s arrest and the investigation into Patrick’s death saying,
“I want to thank Chief Dan Guistino and the members of the Pembroke Pines Police Department for their hard work and dedication during this investigation into the death of Officer Carl Patrick. Chief Guistino’s entire department has been wonderfully gracious and has shown the true spirit of professionalism and courtesy to me and my department during this horrible loss. Sadly, I cannot help but think constantly of Ms. Lucille and the entire Patrick family and what they must be feeling at this time. As a member of the Miami Police family, we were able to share Carl for 25 years, but the Patrick family has loved him for a lifetime. Ms. Patrick’s example of grace, poise, faith and strength is the one shining light of hope in this entire situation. My prayers are with her. I also pray for the Thompson family, for they too have been unwittingly thrust into this painful incident. My hope now is that this arrest brings the closure that we so desperately need in the aftermath of what has been a terrible tragedy for us all.”
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