Miami Police Will Get Three Percent Bonus This Year Despite Excessive Force Problems
Just because Miami Police officers have a bit of a problem with shooting unarmed black men, doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a little something extra.
At least, that’s what city commissioners seemed to suggest when they gave preliminary approval to a $524 million budget that would give Miami cops a one-time bonus equal to three percent of their salary.
The windfall — which amounts to $6.8 million or roughly half of the city’s 2013 surplus — comes shortly after the Department of Justice slammed Miami Police for a “pattern… of excessive force” that killed seven black men in eight months. Most of the men were unarmed.
It’s been barely two months since the DOJ issued a long awaited investigation into Miami’s much-maligned police department. The Feds slammed the cops for violating the Fourth Amendment rights of shooting victims:
Between 2008 and 2011, officers intentionally shot at individuals on 33 separate occasions, three of which MPD itself found unjustified. The department found that a number of MPD practices, including deficient tactics, improper actions by specialized units, as well as egregious delays and substantive deficiencies in deadly force investigations, contributed to the pattern or practice of excessive force.
Yet, all the talk at the city commission meeting was about whether this year’s surplus money should be spent on restoring recently cut benefits for cops, giving them bonuses, or hiring more officers.
Ex-LAPD officer sentenced to prison for lewd act on child
In other news, a former Los Angeles police officer convicted of a lewd act on a child was sentenced to three years in state prison.
Miguel Angel Schiappapietra, a six-year veteran of the LAPD, pled no contest to a lewd act on a child and an attempted lewd act on another child. The two victims were sisters who lived near his home in Castaic.
The victims’ father, who spoke in court prior to the sentencing, said he did not believe the sentence was long enough. The father, a firefighter who didn’t give his name, said he expected more from a fellow public service employee.
He said, the predator “knew I would be there for his wife and family when he was away at work protecting citizens. And I expected the same from him.”
Nonetheless, the victim’s father said he forgave Schiappapietra for what he did to his children and hoped he would get the help he needs.
“My family and I are going to move on,” he said, adding that he hoped Schiappapietra and his wife “can do the same.”
Schiappapietra, who resigned from the LAPD last month while the criminal case was pending, also addressed the court. Though his words were nearly inaudible, he apologized to the victims’ family.
“I have for some time wanted to say sorry for all the hurt I have caused,” he said.
He expressed a desire to change his life, and “do what needs to be done.”
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael D. Abzug said it was “a sad situation all the way around.”
Schiappapietra was led out of court in handcuffs.
That’s this week’s Police Accountability Report brought to you by CopBlock.org.
I hope you’ll take a moment to consider just what it is that you are paying for via taxation – and speak out against the corruption.
Until next week, stay safe and remember that badges don’t grant extra rights.