John Timoney, the epitome of the tough Irish cop who grew in New York and rose through its ranks before landing top spots in Philadelphia and Miami, died last night of lung cancer at 68, the Miami Herald reports. After a forced departure from Miami in 2010 amid a political upheaval and then several years of high-profile consulting work — much of it in the Middle East — Timoney had returned to Miami for treatment. Then-Miami Mayor Manny Diaz brought Timoney aboard in 2003, after he served as Philadelphia’s police chief.
It was also the same year that protests from the Free Trade Area of the Americas in Miami made international headlines. To handle massive crowds, Timoney created the Miami Model, a set of policies that angered civil liberties groups and included preemptive arrests, heavily armed undercover cops, embedded police and intelligence gathered from protestors. Former Miami Police Major Delrish Moss, who rose through Miami’s police ranks and recently left for the top spot in Ferguson, Mo., said he owes much of his career advancement to Timoney. “He was one of the best police chiefs we’ve ever had. He took the Miami Police Department leaps and bounds forward,” Moss said.