The latest turn in the battle between Miami’s Police Chief Miguel Exposito and Mayor Tomás Regalado was reported today in The Miami Herald. In a press conference held Friday, Exposito told reporters that he has asked the FBI to investigate the mayor’s office for what he says, is meddling in police business.
Exposito claims Regalado was interfering with police operations when he allegedly tried to interfere with raids on businesses offering illegal gambling, using a popular type of video gaming machine which is often rigged for payout, violating state gambling laws.
Following though on accusations contained in a letter sent to the mayor’s office last week, accusing him of interfering with police operations and being in the pocket of gaming interests, Exposito said that he turned over evidence to the FBI supporting his allegations.
Last week, another top ranking police official said that he received a call from Regalado after the raids started on Oct. 25, suggesting they be halted. The former city manager, Carlos Migoya, told sources that Regalado suggest he call Exposito, and see if the raids could be delayed.
A new ordinance sponsored by Regalado, had just gone into effect 11 days before the police raids. The ordinance was intended to regulate the machine and raise money for the city, although police contended that it would simply flood the city with more of the machines.