|JOHN RIVERA, PBA President
Many wrongful acts towards law enforcement are exactly what have created the discord between the SAO and the PBA. And, trust me I have seen injustices doled out by the State Attorney. People’s lives, especially good people like law enforcement, are Rundles’ political scapegoats. And, their MO is to load up the charges because they are betting that the fear of some crazy verdict is too much to handle, forcing cops to take pleas just to end the horror. Even career criminals aren’t treated so badly.
As for Don Horn, well, his only claim to fame is a failed conviction of a cop some 28 years ago. Many in the office refer to him as Casper. Some ASA’s even joke, by saying: “Does Don even work here?” His career has been one of lack luster, and for him North Miami Police Officer Aledda is nothing more than a trophy; justice plays no role in this picture.
I wish there was a way to call, as witnesses Don Horn and others in the behind closed door meeting, whereby Don gave and continues to render bad advice to the State Attorney. They labored over this case and it wasn’t as clear cut as they try to make it sound in the press. Don does blow his own horn pretty good, but is useless at pretty much everything else. Just my opinion.
By all accounts this year was the most successful session since 7 years ago when Rick Scott became governor. Year after year, the FRS has been under attack. This year was no different but Special Risk was exempted from new hires defaulting into a defined contribution plan. What that means is that new special risk hires will automatically be placed in the defined benefit plan, whereas new no special risk employees will have 9 months to choose defined benefit or they will automatically be placed in the defined contribution (also known as the investment plan).
Comedy Club night
We sincerely appreciate the owners of “Just the Funny” comedy club, and all its spectacular talented comedians, for their contribution to the first of its kind Love Fund fundraiser. Once the announcement of the event was sent out, the event sold out in two days. It was a packed house and it was hilariously funny. The reviews were all excellent and already people have been asking for another event to be scheduled.
Harvard Law School
It was an honor to have been invited to the Harvard Law School to speak at the “Big 50” where the most influential police union leaders gather to share information that is trending across America and Canada. I am honored to have been the longest running invitee to this prestigious school and it was a pleasure meeting with leaders across North America.
Congratulations in order
Judge Marcia Del Rey’s investiture was a celebration indeed, attended by so many supporters, fellow Judges, and elected officials. It was an honor for me to have been asked to speak at the ceremony. Judge Del Rey will undoubtedly make an extraordinary addition to the Judiciary. Congratulations to the entire Del Rey family, especially to the Honorable Judge Marcia Del Rey.
Ronald McDonald House Charities honored “twelve good men” for their outstanding contributions to the charity and the south Florida community. Our very own Rick Diaz, Esq. was among the list of honorees. Other notable names were: Rodney Barreto, Ron Magill (Metro Zoo) and former NFL stars John Offerdahl and Darrin Smith.
Delma Noel-Pratt, a 24-year veteran of MDPD, became the first female Police Chief to be sworn in Miami Gardens Police Department. She becomes the fourth Chief of that department. We wish her well.
Last, but in no way least, Major Nanney was promoted to Chief assigned to special investigations. The long awaited promotion is well deserved. Congrats.
After meeting with most of the department and hearing some nonsensical policies, it became clear, yet once again, that the regime is well entrenched within several annexes here in South Florida, Hialeah definitely one of them. Where did our leaders of yesteryear go?
Nearly 120 people have left the department since January, according to several sources. And, more are seeking to leave ASAP. It’s a recipe for the perfect storm. Stay tuned on this one.
A job well-done goes out to POAT, Dade Chiefs Association, and the countless volunteers that made this year’s police memorial at Tropical Park a fitting tribute to our fallen brothers and sisters and their survivors. The rain held off but the humidity was high, making it hotter especially for the sharp looking multi-agency honor guards. Same goes for the ones wearing “Class A” uniforms and those in suits. Thanks to the spectacular job of the PBA water/drink team, for keeping them hydrated.
The Young Marines are also to be saluted for the way the conducted themselves and the hard work they put in throughout the night.
Commissioner Joe Martinez
Our thoughts and prayers go out to MD Commissioner Joe Martinez, a staunch law enforcement supporter, who fell ill the morning after attending the police memorial. We wish him a speedy and full recovery.
Commissioner Rebeca Sosa
Sadly, Armando Sosa, beloved husband of Rebeca Sosa passed away on May 10th. Armando was Rebeca’s biggest fan, advisor and a really cool guy. Our condolences go out to the entire Sosa family and we keep you all in our prayers.
Commissioner Barbara Jordan
Our deepest sympathy also goes out to the Jordan family on the passing of Commissioner Jordan’s beloved husband, Eddie Jordan, on May 18th. Our prayers and thoughts are with all the family.
Major Ricky Carter
We were all feeling numb after learning of Major Carter’s accident. One of the department’s youngest and brightest stars and well-liked by his subordinates, he is recovering from serious injuries. Almost every conversation contained more questions than answers, but the one that reoccurs is: “why is it that bad things happen to good people?” I don’t have an answer, but I do know this: Ricky will persevere.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family and thank you to all who responded to the blood drive to help Major Carter and our City of Miami brother, Officer Carlos Gomez. He is recovering from a serious vehicle crash and our thoughts and prayers are with him, and his family as well.
Father’s Day is the perfect time of year to celebrate the man who inspires you. It’s a day to thank your dad for always being there and to tell him how much you appreciate him. As the saying goes, any man can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a dad.
My dad, who is no longer here on earth, gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me. And, unlike the cheap words told to me by many, when my father said he had my back, he had my back.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!
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