Miami-Dade County

Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo settles ethics case after traffic stop

Miami City Commissioner Frank Carollo has settled an ethics complaint filed against him with the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust.

The complaint filed by local blogger Al Crespo claimed Carollo abused his official position when he called the city’s police chief during a 2012 traffic stop in Coconut Grove.

The commission determined there was probable cause to believe Carollo misused his elected post.

During the traffic stop, Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa, called the traffic cop's commander, who called the officer on the scene. The officer let Carollo go with a warning.

On Thursday, Carollo pleaded no contest to the complaint and agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and $1,404 for the commission’s investigative costs.

Ethics Commission Chairman Nelson Bellido said in a statement that this will send a message to elected officials not to exploit their positions.

“Our elected officials need to be held to a higher standard,” Bellido said.