Police Chief Goes for '2-Girl Special,' Gets Fired

Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson says he's sorry
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2015 2:33 PM CST
Police Chief Charged With Hiring 2 Prostitutes
Former Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson.   (Broward County Sheriff's Dept.)

A Florida police chief got arrested Friday for allegedly soliciting a prostitute and was promptly fired just 10 months into his tenure, NBC Miami reports. According to an arrest report, Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson called a number in a "two-girl special" prostitution ad and negotiated a $100 deal for two women for 30 minutes. Only problem: The woman he allegedly paid at a motel was really a sheriff's detective. "The stress overwhelmed me, and I made a very bad decision," Johnson tells the Miami Herald in his apology. He was hired last May to repair community relations after former top cop Matthew Boyd resigned amid allegations of harassment and illegal tactics. "It was one of the most painful things I've ever heard as a manager," says the city manager who fired Stephens, the Sun-Sentinel reports. "It's like a punch in the stomach." (More Florida stories.)

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