In the aftermath of the shooting during the Memorial Day weekend, I sent an email to Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales. It was with the sound of gunfire still ringing and the stinging smell of cordite and calls from countless constituents demanding that something be done, that I sent the email to Morales.
I sent it out of frustration and fear for Miami Beach. The words I chose were inarticulate, and they do not reflect how I truly feel. I have always believed in strong civilian oversight of our police force, from our chiefs of police to the cops on the beat.
How I expressed myself has caused a lot of anger and frustration and for that, I apologize. I actually voted in favor of body cameras. Now we need to understand the root of the problem and do some research to improve their use.
We have a lot of issues in South Florida, and I hope to bring an open mind, a caring ear, and a gentle heart to them. I hope to be part of the solution. They say the first step in solving a problem is recognizing that you have one. I recognize that I caused this problem. No one should ever suffer an injustice. My only hope is that we can now begin a productive conversation about how to bring trust and dignity back to community policing.
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Once again, I am sorry. I was wrong.
Kristen Rosen Gonzalez,
commissioner, Miami Beach