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Miami Police Union Challenges Gun Ban

March 25, 2014  | 

A day after Miami's police chief banned officers from carrying guns into City Hall, the police union fired back, challenging the rule as a violation of federal law and officers' rights, reports the Miami Herald.

The Fraternal Order of Police's attorney fired off an email to city officials Wednesday challenging the new rule that bans all officers, whether on duty or off, from carrying their guns into city commission or board meetings unless they are responding to a call or assigned to City Hall.

The union is demanding to bargain over the new rule and how it's carried out.

Union members believe the policy is retaliation for a February protest at City Hall during which officers flooded the commission chambers demanding that cuts to their benefits be restored.

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Jack Betz @ 3/25/2014 4:45 PM


p2dawg @ 3/25/2014 7:12 PM

Someone was probably "offended" or felt "intimidated" by all the guns in the room when the officers went to the commission chambers. Probably demanded the chief do something about it.

[email protected] @ 3/25/2014 8:47 PM

WTF? The chief (?) is an appointed position, obviously bent over some commisioners desk. What has happened to Miami PD? If an armed LEO causes you discomfort maybe you should stay home, locked in your closet. Blues, Stay Safe.

Troop @ 3/25/2014 9:06 PM

Another anti gun and anti constitution Chief of Police.

TERRY F. ZECHVAPD(RET) @ 3/26/2014 6:20 AM

Chief I tell you what you leave your weapon at home when you go to meetings and see how long it is before a perp you knew before kills you. Suspects show up at these public meetings all the time carrying weapons. Wake up and smell the coffee and then the roses when they bury you.

Greg @ 3/26/2014 6:24 AM

Chief of Police = Politician appointed by politicians, never elected, never had to please the peasants...only the important politicians.

Sheriff...only Constitutionally named law enforcement, gets elected by the people, typically doesn't wet themselves when politicians say, "Jump!"

Very scary...remember his face when you hear about gun control support by law enforcement.

Det.TomS. @ 3/26/2014 8:30 AM

The city might want to review the active shooter event which occurred at Riverside City Hall, and at other similar locations. If you tell us "no guns," we may take that to heart.

Capt. Crunch @ 3/26/2014 11:25 AM

The chief might just as well have signed a death warrant towards police officers.

Capt. Crunch @ 3/26/2014 11:25 AM

The chief might just as well have signed a death warrant towards police officers.

TheRookie @ 3/26/2014 10:55 PM

Chief Orosa needs to save face admitting he's wrong and change the directive. If he does not do so the Union needs to call a confidence vote. If there is a vote of no-confidence then he needs to resign. Chief quit carrying the water pales for politicians. For crying out loud stand for your line officers and be a cops cop.

Brant @ 3/28/2014 6:47 AM

Maybe its just me being fed up with stupid administrators not thinking about their actions, but I'd get every officer to sign a petition saying they'll post the chief's home address on all of their Facebook's if he continues to place them in undue danger. Then again, I am a big fan of giving administrators a taste of their own medicine and seeing the "deer in the headlights" look when they realize they messed up big.

Jim B. @ 3/30/2014 7:23 AM


Not that I'm defending this chief and I do get your point. But I just have to point out that it's a little funny that you are condemning police chiefs as being "politicians" when in fact they are appointed officials, i.e. hired. And you are praising sheriffs because they are elected, which is the definition of a politician.

Both have their pros and cons and either can be good or bad.

Johnny Law @ 3/31/2014 8:07 AM

You miss the point Jim B. Chiefs are appointed and are under the control of the mayor and town coucil. They blow with the wind because they are controlled by Politicians and not accountable to the citizens. Sheriffs on the other hand are elected by the citizens and are accountable to them, not controlled by politicians as a chief is. If the Sheriff abuses power he is voted out of office in the next election. The Chief is in as long as he does what the politicians tell him to do and citizens don't matter.

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