How little of a sh*t does Miami Police chief Miguel Exposito give about a recent report assessing his department?
He didn't even bother to spell the author's name correctly in his response.
But typos aside, Exposito's main arguments came through loud and clear in a letter he sent yesterday to City Manager Tony Crapp Jr. He claims (1) it's a misperception that police-involved shootings are up, (2) if they have increased, it's because of better -- not worse -- police work, and (3) he doesn't plan to retire any time soon.
Exposito issued his 11-page letter as a point-by-point rebuttal of an already laughably weak report issued last Friday by former FBI chief Paul Philip.
Crapp hired Philip back four months ago to assess the much maligned police department. At the time, Exposito was caught in a firestorm of controversy: Miami PD had killed six black men in as many months. City commissioner Richard Dunn called for Exposito to be fired. Philip's report seemed a mere formality before axing the unpopular police chief.
But Philip's $20,000 report was a pathetic five pages of queries -- not the answers Miami was expecting after so many deadly police-involved shootings.
As Exposito points out in his response: "Mr. Phillip [sic] has included the issues of concern in the form of questions, utilizing words such as 'may' or 'could', and his recommendation is that I explain or demonstrate to your satisfaction that these issues are just perceptions and not actual matters of concern."
That's right. Ol' Paul Philip was hired to toss up a softball and Exposito knocked it out of the park. He even misspelled Philip's last name in the process.
Here are some of the highlights from Exposito's letter, in which he brushes off issue after issue:
Evaluation of Shooting Incidents and Analysis:
Issue: One of the issues raise by some members of the community, press and elected officials is whether or not there was significant changes in policy which would account for the perceived rise in police-involved shootings after I assumed command of the police department on November 24, 2009.
Response: There has been no change in the shooting policy that was in effect when I assumed command of the Department. What has changed are the hours and days that our tactical officers are deployed. These officers, whose primary focus is proactive crime prevention, are assigned to areas where the crime is occurring, during hours that they are taking place. Additionally, these officers are now working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, something they did not do previously.
The implication is that if police-involved shootings are up under Exposito -- which he denies -- it's because his cops are working harder, longer and in more crime-ridden areas than they did under his predecessor, John Timoney.
Exposito even disputes Philip's seemingly obvious point that the police chief's time is up on January 12.
"At the present time, I have not made any arrangements to retire. I will address this matter on January 12, 2012," Exposito writes.
As if the letter's complete avoidance of guilt wasn't enough, Exposito's statement ends on a note of glib self-confidence: "I trust that my response to Mr. Phillip's [sic] report satisfactorily addresses all issues of concern and clarifies the steps that our department has taken to enhance our level of service and efficiency. Furthermore, I am confident that this information brings clarity to the issues raised by some community members, elected officials, employees and the press through Mr. Phillip's [sic] report."
No, police chief. It does not.
Exposito's full letter is posted below.