DING, DONG LOUIE'S GONE AT 5 P.M.
DEPUTY CHIEF OF POLICE, ALLEGED GODSON OF MAYOR TOMAS REGALADO, AND CERTIFIABLY BATSHIT CRAZY LUIS CABRERA LEAVES THE BUILDING ON MONDAY AFTERNOON HAVING COLLECTED OVER $1 MILLION FROM HIS DROP ACCOUNT, A 1% CHECK WORTH AT LEAST $200,000, A COUPLE HUNDRED GRAND IN VACATION AND SICK LEAVE TIME BUYOUTS, AND AN ANNUAL RETIREMENT PAYMENT OF OVER $130,000. IT COULD ONLY HAPPEN IN MIAMI
SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
The Miami Police Department has unfortunately long been known as a corrupt police department, populated by drug dealers and enforcers, killers, and racists and led by incompetent and conniving police chiefs who have either gone to jail, or should have gone to jail.
Then there's Deputy Police Chief Luis Cabrera, who over the years managed to carve out a place of notoriety for being so batshit crazy, that in 2010, he had to be led from headquarters after breaking down in a crying jag when told by then Chief Miguel Exposito that he would no longer be allowed to work in the police department as long as he was the Chief.
Cabrera was saved by his alleged Godfather Tomas Regalado who told Johnny "The Doormat" Martinez, then the City Manager, to put Cabrera in his office as an Acting Assistant City Manager, while allowing him to continue to hold his rank of Deputy Police Chief, which is how Cabrera was allowed to continue to bank his Deputy Chief's salary into his DROP account.
It was as the Acting Assistant City Manager that I first encountered Cabrera, who after discovering that I had been able to obtain - legally - over a million and a half emails from the city's computer system and had managed to turn many in the city's Miami River Center MRC into sources for my stories, went ballistic, and issued the order banning me from entering the MRC.
That in turn resulted in my showing up the following Monday morning with a couple TV crews, and a Herald reporter to witness my being banned.
In the years following this incident, Cabrera's craziness became a gift that kept on giving, and over the next few years - until his medication was changed, and I kid you not - I wrote a number of stories about Louie and his batshit crazy behavior.
Among the stories that stand out was the one where his half-brother and wife showed up in Miami after a circuitous journey out of Cuba through Central America and both of them managed to get city jobs in the Parks Department shortly after their arrival, prompting other city employees to show up unannounced at a Commission meeting months later to raise wholly hell claiming that nepotism that had been at the center of these hires.
I filed a complaint against Cabrera, which resulted in the Ethic's Advocate acknowledging that while some of the people questioned had "FLAT OUT" lied, the process in his words was "Awful, but lawful," and therefore he could not find Probable Cause to claim that anyone involved in the process that led to both Cabrera's half-brother and his wife being hired by the city under highly questionable circumstances had engaged in any unethical behavior,.
This even though the depositions of some of those involved were filled with refusals to answer questions, or contained direct contradictions in testimony that should have prompted a real criminal investigation. You can read all about this case HERE.
The other story was the day I seem to have pissed Cabrera off so badly that after he tried to get me to get out of my car so that he could shoot me - and I believe that was his intention - I had to write a letter to the City Manager and Chief of Police as a precautionary measure to have a record of that incident in case something else were to occur in the future. You can read that story, and my letter HERE.
Cabrera was finally allowed to return to the Police Department after current City Manager Danny Alfonso allegedly made that a condition of current Chief Rudy Llanes' promotion to Chief. Like just about everyone, Alfonso finally tired of having to put up with Cabrera's craziness.
In the last year and a half, Cabrera tried on numerous occasions to apply for the job of police chief in various departments throughout the country, and when local cops would find out about it, they'd send these departments copies of my stories about Louie, and on several occasions I was contracted by news reporters wanting to know if Cabrera was in truth as crazy as I made him out to be in my stories.
I assured them he was, and Cabrera never got hired.
This afternoon at 5 P.M., Luis Cabrera officially retires from the Miami Police Department. In the wake of everything else that is going on, tomorrow morning when Luis Cabrera will no longer be on the City of Miami police force will be a great day for the City of Miami.
It's always Miami, bitches!