Court upholds Exposito firing

Judges say city gave former police chief due process

Published On: Jun 27 2012 12:12:56 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 27 2012 05:36:53 PM EDT

An appellate court has upheld the City of Miami's decision to fire former Police Chief Miguel Exposito.
Exposito was suspended and fired in September after he demoted three officers, despite being told by the city manager not to.

In court, Exposito and his attorney argued he was well within his rights to make the call.

In their decision, the three appellate judges said the city gave Exposito due process, and that the commission followed the law.

Exposito's attorney released a statement Wednesday that said, "We believe that the lower court erred in its opinion, and as is our right, we have the option to request a re-hearing or take an appeal to the Third District Court of Appeal. At this time we are considering our options in this regard. In a similar 1931 case, then Chief of the City of Miami Police Department, Guy Reeve, appealed his wrongful and unlawful termination in the judicial system. Ultimately, the Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of Chief Reeves who has reinstated to his former position."