Hector Pesquera, Port of Miami Security Director, Named Puerto Rico's Chief of Police
|Pesquera when he was head of Miami's FBI office|
A decade ago, Hector Pesquera was rumored to be a top candidate for Miami Police chief. Instead, the former FBI man -- perhaps dogged by questionable ties to convicted felons -- embarked on ever more obscure positions: first as head of the Broward Sheriff's Office, lately as head of security for the Port of Miami.
It's a strange arrangement. Miami-Dade officials say Pesquera will retain his position at the port but that his salary will be paid by the Puerto Rican government. He officially goes on leave on Monday, according to a port spokesman.Pesquera inherits a Puerto Rican police force besieged by corruption and violent crime. A Justice Department report released last September blasted PRPD for violating civilians' rights by using excessive force and unwarranted searches. In October 2010, 61 island cops were arrested as part of the largest police corruption investigation in FBI history.