Judge insults officers

 

Re the April 24 story Former Miami officer sentenced for taking bribes: Judge Robert Scola’s comment, “It seems the city of Miami Police Department has a culture of corruption that exceeds all other police departments,” is an insult to the overwhelming majority of the dedicated officers that serve the city. He tarnishes an entire department without regard to the department’s outstanding officers and the exceptional work that they perform each day.

Though the department has been underfunded and understaffed — and its officers underpaid — the majority of officers continue to serve bravely and honorably. They serve without fanfare and without regard for their own safety to make our community safer.

As a 29-year-veteran and retired assistant chief of the Miami Police Department, I, too, find the number of corruption and misconduct cases troubling. However, I also realize that the number of officers involved in these inexcusable acts is a small percentage of the more than 1,000 officers serving the city. That they have betrayed their badges should not taint the rest of the department.

Judge Scola is a respected jurist with a long history of serving the residents of South Florida, but his comment is inappropriate and does a disservice to honorable officers and their families.

Thomas W. Cannon, Miami

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