Miami Chief to DOJ: We Don’t Need Monitor on Force, Sue Former Chief


Arguing that the Miami Police Department has come a long way since a rash of deadly police-involved shootings, Chief Manuel Orosa asked the U.S. Department of Justice to reconsider its decision to have a federal judge oversee the department, the Miami Herald reports. Orosa, in response to findings that Miami engaged in an unconstitutional “pattern or practice” of excessive use of force, suggested that the Justice Department instead consider collaborating with the police department to forge changes. Miami should not pay for the “sins” of its previous leaders, Orosa told Justice, laying much of the blame for the shootings on his predecessor, Miguel Exposito. Orosa said Justice should consider suing Exposito personally, as opposed to the department. Exposito called Orosa's suggestion “ludicrous.” Exposito issued his own detailed rebuttal to Justice in an Aug. 8 letter to U.S. Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas. The former chief asked the Cuban-American Republicans to request a Senate inquiry into the Justice investigation, which Exposito blasted as slipshod.

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