An overwhelming number of Miami police officers who cast ballots in a union vote said they had no confidence in Police Chief John Timoney and Deputy Chief Frank Fernandez, the Miami Herald reports. ”This sends a clear message not only to the elected officials but to the citizens of Miami that morale is extremely low,” Armando Aguilar, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said after yesterday’s vote.
Nearly 1,100 sworn officers were invited to vote, including top brass and command staff. The number of votes cast: 650. Of those, 80.7 percent voted against Timoney, and 85.1 percent against Fernandez. Timoney said that ”while these votes of no confidence are somewhat common occurrences, there is no case known to me where a city mayor or manager was swayed by such a vote. To do so would literally encourage such tactics and result in chaos in American policing.” He added that “what has become clear over the last couple of weeks is the intent of the FOP to dictate who the next chief of the city of Miami Police will be.”