Black Leaders Approve Choice of Manuel Orosa as Miami Police Chief


A nationwide search for a new Miami police chief came full circle yesterday as interim Chief Manuel Orosa was picked as permanent chief of the 1,000-member police force, the Miami Herald reports. City Manager Johnny Martinez said he stayed with an insider because he viewed looking outside the city to fill the position — as some commissioners had advocated — to be a last resort.

Orosa “understands how to be sensitive to the community's needs,” Martinez said. “I've already seen a change in balancing the needs of the city.” Orosa, 54, pledged more of what he has already started doing since taking over in September from fired Chief Miguel Exposito: beefing up foot and horseback patrols, and sending more troops into hot spots. Asked what the public can expect, Orosa said: “Lots of visibility, and lots of uniformed presence.” News of Orosa's appointment was hailed by black community leaders who had been fighting for change at the top since the deadly violence of 2010 and earlier in 2011, when Miami police officers shot seven black men to death over seven months.

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