The union representing Miami police officers gave $1,000 to a GoFundMe page to assist with the funeral expenses for Ramon Bueno, the 71-year-old killed in a weekend crash involving a Miami police officer.
Sgt. Javier Ortiz, president of FOP Miami Lodge No. 20, said Monday from the crash site in Little Havana, “We’ve donated money in the past to other entities. This is a little unique because it involves one of our police officers. Some in the media are trying to misconstrue it as an admission of guilt.”
“No good deed goes unpunished.”
According to police, Bueno was heading west on Southwest Seventh Street in his Honda Civic around 1:30 a.m. Saturday when he collided with a Miami police car heading north on Southwest 12th Avenue.
Police say the officer, who hasn’t been identified, was responding to an emergency call with the appropriate lights and sirens. Bueno’s family disputed that to Herald news partner CBS4 after viewing surveillance videos of the crash.
“The Fraternal Order of Police was told by the police department that there was a need of funds,” Ortiz said. “Whether the gentleman was at fault or not, we’re trying to help out someone in the community.”
A memorial was created on the corner of Southwest Seventh Street where the accident occurred.