MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – A Miami Beach police officer could lose his job if allegations that he was drinking while in uniform are true.
The Miami Beach Police Department said early Monday morning, around 4:30 a.m., they received an anonymous call in which the person stated there was an intoxicated police sergeant working an off-duty job at Mango’s Cafe in the 900 block of Ocean Drive. The midnight shift commander went to the club to check it out.
Police have identified the officer in question as Sgt. Mike Muley.
“He was working in an off duty assignment, so he’s in uniform and working,” said Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates. “As you may know, we have many off-duty assignments where folks hire our officers for security umbrellas at their establishments. This is one of (Muley’s) regular off-duty jobs.”
In 2010, published reports listed Muley as one of the top earners in the Miami Beach Police Department, with an annual salary of $161,882.17.
As part of the drinking-on-the-job investigation, Muley was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital for medical treatment and alcohol testing. Chief Oates says he will wait for investigation to conclude before taking further action.
“In fairness to the officer, there might be some alternate explanation, medical or otherwise, behind his behavior,” said Oates. “My obligation is to be fair to him look at all the facts and try to determine and explain what occurred here and then decide on discipline if any.”
Muley was disciplined for his “lack of supervision” in the 2011 case of another officer drinking on the job. Derick Kuilan was sentenced to 18 months in prison just last week for a drunken ATV joy ride that critically injured 2 people.
Muley, who took the stand during Kuilan’s trial, was demoted for gross negligence,but was later re-instated to his position.
Oates told CBS4 he wants both residents of Miami Beach and the officers in the department to know police misconduct won’t be tolerated.
“My message is I expect the highest standards of behavior by all the members of the organization,” said Oates.