|flak catcher - a slick spokesperson who can turn any criticism to the advantage of their employer|
Maybe it's because we've been around too long, we have seen every play from the Armando Gutierrez playbook, so we know how this is all unraveling.
Tomas Regalado needs cover.
Tony Crapp needs cover too.
For whatever reason, neither of them will not or cannot fire Chief Miguel Exposito.
So the next best thing?
Hire a "flak catcher" to take the hits, pay him to get blamed.
Paul Philip is a professional flak catcher.
WHY PAY FOR SOMETHING WHEN YOU CAN GET IT FOR FREE? TO GET THE CONCLUSION YOU WANT.
Back in ancient history when Manny Diaz began his administration, the City of Police was under fire for improper shootings.
After removing former Chief Raul Martinez, Mayor Diaz invited the U.S. Department of Justice to perform a patterns and procedure review on the police. Together with those recommendations, Chief John Timoney used his police expertise to implement the most progressive police shooting policy in the nation, going nearly two years without a shot fired.
Best of all? It was done for FREE.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will also, for FREE, review your police department and provide recommendations.
So why pay a "consultant" when the DOJ or the FDLE will do it for free?
Both the DOJ and FDLE are independent from the control of the City.
Paul Philip is not independent, he knows who signs his checks and it's Manager Crapp.
The conclusion is already determined, Philip just has to find a way to get there.
EXPOSITO HAS DONE MORE THAN ENOUGH TO GET FIRED
Regalado and Crapp are postponing the inevitable.
Back during the Summer of Violence, we along with many others called for Exposito's ouster. Yet, Mayor Regalado stood by him.
It was when Exposito pissed off Regalado's Godson, and caught Regalado with his hands down the pants of the gambling industry, Regalado's tune changed.
Regalado and Crapp have enough reason to fire Exposito, but have chosen not to.
WHEN WILL THE
And today's Miami New Times gives us a nutshell of Exposito's many misgivings.
But why won't they ask the most obvious question?
We all know that Chief Exposito is a lying, cheating, conniving, corrupt, dirty bastard...
So why won't Regalado or Crapp fire him???