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BAD COPS, BAD COPS, WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU
UNDERCOVER DRUG COPS ALFREDO MATIAS AND LUIS VALDES WERE FINALLY FIRED LAST WEEK.
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On January 31, 2013, I broke the exclusive story of how members of the City of Miami’s Crime Suppression Unit had falsified the arrest report on a drug bust, and how there was suspicion that they had also planted a gun as part of the arrest.  Until I posted the video of Officer Marcel Jackson body slamming Lt. David Ramras after a traffic stop in June of 2014, this was the most read story I had ever written on this blog.


The Crime Suppression Unit first came under scrutiny when Raul Iglesias, the Sergeant in Charge of the unit, was charged and convicted in Federal Court of planting cocaine on subjects and stealing money and drugs from crack dealers. Alfredo Matias and Luis Valdes were principal witnesses against Iglesias. Iglesias’ defense attorney always claimed that they turned on him because he was in the process of cleaning up the unit, and intended to transfer them out.


It was a sorry situation all the way around, and the information that I was provided by an anonymous source and led to my story included copies of the audio tape of the arrest, a transcript of that audio tape as well as the transcript of the interrogation of a crackhead informant who was obviously pressured into giving a false account of the arrest that was intended to support the false claims made in the arrest report.


That was in 2013.  Shortly after I posted my story the Crime Suppression Unit was disbanded, and now, after lengthy investigations by Internal Affairs, Matias and Valdes were fired on February 5th for pretty much doing exactly what I had alleged that they did in my 2013 story.


Rick Diaz, Iglesias’s attorney, announced that he’ll be trying to get his client a new trial on the revelation that Matias and Valdes’ activities were as bad, if not worse than what they had accused Iglesias of doing, and that what they were doing was the reason he wanted them out of the unit, which in turn is why they testified against him.


Matias and Valdes are appealing their firing and no doubt will appear before the Civil Service Board in the next few months for what will be an interesting hearing.


The issue of whether using specialized, undercover units to deal with drugs and gangs is an effective strategy has been the subject of much discussion ever since this unit was shut down, and I recommend that you read the book review - and purchase a copy of the book - that is my other story today.


Miami’s Police Department has been a problem department now for a long time, and the activities of guys like Matias and Valdes are as much, if not more a failure of political and command leadership then they are of individual cops gone bad.


Here are the reprimands and termination letters for Matias and Valdes. 

ALFREDO MATIAS REPRIMAND AND TERMINATION

LUIS VALDES REPRIMAND AND TERMINATION