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Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke calls out Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado.
Miami really needs to get rid of Mayor Tomás Regalado. It's time to recall his ass. Last week, while being interviewed by Spanish-language TV station Channel 41, América TeVé, he proclaimed that cops sweeping for criminals in Overtown, Liberty City, and Little Haiti would "meet violence with violence." He didn't make that comment during any of his interviews with the English-speaking media outlets because he knows he's talking to a different audience in Spanish.
How in hell can he, the top elected official in the city, justify that the police meet violence with violence? What happened to "serve and protect"? Every police training academy teaches future cops that using their firearms is a last resort. But Regalado wants to turn Miami's inner city into his personal Iraq. He is the one responsible for turning the police loose in District 5, where two weeks ago, a cop shot a 16-year-old boy he claims pulled a gun. Last week, the same officer who shot the teenager was involved in the gun battle that killed another young man Miami Police claim was armed with a shotgun. The folks living in those condos on Brickell Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard better make sure little Bobby ain't running around the streets with a water pistol, or else he might end up shot by a police officer.
The mayor doesn't seem to realize there is an entity called the U.S. Department of Justice to deal with people like him. The DOJ has come to Miami before to root out corrupt cops who planted guns on suspects after they were shot. If Regalado is not careful, he might find himself in the middle of an investigation at a time the city is already reeling from a federal probe into Miami's finances.
In fact, Regalado's reactions to the summer of violence and the city's budget problems prove he is incapable of being a good mayor. It just goes to show my voting Latino friends that simply because a candidate looks and talks like you doesn't mean you have to elect him or her. He may be Cuban, but he could turn out to be Fidel Castro or worse.