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Read Miguel Exposito and Katherine Fernandez Rundle's Catty Email Fight

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Say this for Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito: With his seat warming to volcanic temperatures over a rash of police shootings and City Hall spats, he's not just sitting on his hands. He's already locked in a half-nelson with Mayor Tomas Regalado (whom he reported to the FBI a couple weeks ago), so why not take on the state attorney as well? That's moxy, folks!

To that end, Exposito recently released a catty exchange of emails with Katherine Fernandez Rundle. We've uploaded them for your unfiltered viewing pleasure.

Exposito and Rundle first clashed soon after he took over the MPD last year. In his first big splash as chief, Exposito announced a "corruption probe" netting eight arrests of city employees and cops to a standing-room crowd in police headquarters.

Unfortunately, the police hadn't worked with the State Attorney's Office beforehand and five of the eight suspects were quickly cleared. Rundle blasted the new chief: "They were specifically told ... that there was not a violation of state law," she said

Exposito blasted back, accusing Rundle of "not having her facts straight."

The latest verbal volley between the law enforcement heads started last month after Exposito's force killed its sixth black suspect in six months. With community leaders agitating for a quick investigation, Rundle said her office was still lacking basic evidence on the cases from MPD.

The emails below track the two sniping back and forth over the claims. Exposito tells Rundle that her office does have everything it needs to investigate the killings.

"As you can see, the document that you provided to Commissioner (Richard) Dunn seems to have been hastily prepared, was inacurrate and no doubt caused him embarrassment in his attempt to publicly discredit me," Exposito wrote.

Rundle blasted back: "I know you wish the email ... was accurate, but it was not," she writes. "Nonetheless, I know you will believe what is convenient for you to believe."

Check out the emails for yourself:


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