MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – The Miami Beach Police officer at the center of a scandal involving alcohol and his police cruiser has been relieved of duty with pay.

Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez said the seriousness of the allegations against Officer Michael Veski prompted him to relieve him of duty as of March 29, 2012.

Veski was implicated in an altercation with a postal inspector last week. According to a tip given to Random Pixels, a police officer’s cruiser was being driven by a friend of the officer when it nearly hit the inspector.

The officer allegedly got out of the passenger side of the car with a beer in hand and then exchanged words with the postal inspector before the postal worker finally left.

“As I committed at the onset of this investigation, a full and thorough review of this incident is underway, and if allegations are found to be substantiated; I will take swift and decisive action to address the actions of this officer,” Chief Martinez said in a statement.

Additionally Officer Eric Dominguez is relieved of duty as video of him surfaced driving his cruise at a high rate of speed through the city. The chief saw the video and decided to take action.

The chief is taking it upon himself to clean up the departments image, starting with aggressively investigating any and all allegations.

Miami Beach FOP believes this is all politics. The chief was hired to be aggressive even if the evidence isn’t there. They believe it’s way too early in the investigation to be removing anyone from duty.

Comments (6)
  1. Victor Barney says:


  2. unique says:

    With the severity of the allegations, why are the police being laid off with pay.
    This seems to me like they are on VACATION.

  3. Barry says:

    The article refers to the Postal Inspector as a postal worker. Inspectors are federal agents/officers with powers of arrest. They carry firearms and conduct criminal investigations. The title “postal worker” makes them sound like clerks or mail carriers. It’s like calling the cop a city employee.

  4. ConcernedCitizen says:

    Thanks to the union, if he is guilty, he’ll get a slap on the wrist and returned to work.. If it was anyone of us in the public sector we would be in line for unemployment, the unions were good in the 40’s they have no place in todays society. If you are guilty or accused, do like the rest of us, go without pay, it may make you think twice before doing something stupid. That someone will report. The police are a disgrace, more and more of them breaking the laws they were swore to up hold. My father served as a police officer for 15 years after retiring from the military. Maybe we need to give our returning soldiers their jobs, take orders up hold the law.

  5. Jack says:

    Every time a cop is accused of doing something wrong it’s in the news. When a cop does something right it gets little or no press. The reality is that most cops are good cops. The problem is that when you have hundreds of thousands of cops in the US alone you’re going to have some bad ones – just like with any profession. Even with 1/2 a percent being bad we’re taking several thousand cops. Think about it before assuming most cops are corrupt or abusive.

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