Thursday, October 29, 2009

Miami Beach Cops Play I Spy on Each Other

nbcmiami.com
Cameras in a police station are nothing new for officers to deal with. But finding one in the internal affairs office interrogation room, where officers often go to rat on each other, may tear the Miami Beach Police Department apart.

A hidden camera was discovered by some Miami Beach officers earlier this month and now the rank and file are demanding an explanation, according to the Miami Herald.

Internal affairs officials said the camera, which could record audio and video, was installed for the "safety of the officer."

The police union is calling it foul play.

"It's illegal,'' Union president Gene Gibbons told the Herald. "It's completely unprofessional. It's unethical.''

The Miami-Dade State Attorney's office is investigating "cameragate" to see if anything criminal was behind the video equipment.

The camera has since been removed and a few memos explaining its origin has surfaced. And none of them involve Bob Saget from "America's Funniest Home Videos." The camera was requested and installed in 2004 by former Police Chief Donald DeLucca. Still, none of the rank and file knew of the covert camera.

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