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Video shows Miami Gardens police chief’s arrest in prostitution sting

Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson, shown in this Broward County Sheriff’s Department booking photo, was fired Friday after he was caught soliciting a prostitute, according to press release sent out by the Miami Gardens Police Department.
Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson, shown in this Broward County Sheriff’s Department booking photo, was fired Friday after he was caught soliciting a prostitute, according to press release sent out by the Miami Gardens Police Department. BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Police released a video Thursday showing the prostitution sting operation that nabbed former Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Edward Johnson last week.

In the video taken Friday, Johnson reclines on a bed in a Dania Beach hotel room and tells two detectives posing as prostitutes that he had just gotten off work in Miami.

The women discuss prices and changing into high heeled shoes, which Johnson requested, according to the BSO arrest affidavit.

“She said you wanted heels, right?” one undercover officer asks.

Johnson appears to hand one of the women money. Moments later, Broward Sheriff’s officers burst into the room to arrest him.

According to the arrest report, Johnson called a number on an advertisement he found and spoke to a BSO detective whom he thought was a prostitute. The two struck a deal for two women at a cost of $100.

Johnson was charged with soliciting a prostitute and was fired that night. Miami Gardens Assistant Police Chief Antonio Brooklen was named interim chief.

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