Miami city commissioners voted unanimously to remove the city’s police chief by Thursday after a six-month hiatus that included the outcome of a dispute with lawmakers.
Commissioners Joe Carollo, Manolo Reyes, Alex Díaz de la Portilla, Jeffrey Watson, and Ken Russell all agreed to accept the recommendation of City Manager Arthur Noriega to expel Art Acevedo, who came to town earlier this year with great joy after leading police departments. in Houston and Austin, Texas.
Noriega suspended Acevedo earlier this week with the intention of ousting him. In the letter, he cited a number of reasons for the suspension, including alleged loss of trust in rank-and-file officers, failure to report personal and leisure time, forcing compulsory ECVID-19 drugs, creating illegal licenses and using the term “Cuba Mafia” to describe leadership. of the city.
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The Chinese court served as a tribunal for Noriega and Acevedo against opposing parties and commissioners. They heard hours of testimony about Acevedo’s actions as an elder.
Manny Morales, the deputy chief who has been the interim chief of police, said Acevedo had lost confidence in the police. He recalled a time when Acevedo reportedly once said the department “was full of backback and snakes.”
“It’s a small thing, but it probably contributes to the organized organization of the police force,” Morales said.
Acevedo, 57, was present at a hearing in City Hall that was sometimes marred by controversy. His lawyer, John Byrne, has accused law enforcement officials of trying to seduce his client in return for an eight-page memo he sent accusing him of misconduct by three leaders he accused of interfering in internal investigations and police efforts to resolve it.
Byrne also said China’s release was pre-planned and that defense was not time-consuming. He did not call any witnesses.
“Considering what we have seen here today, it is clear that the commissioners have no clear basis for suspending Chief Acevedo,” Byrne said. “If Chief Acevedo could say anything that would make a difference, they would. It’s obviously happening.”
Commissioner Joe Carollo questioned Acevedo several times for his defense.
“A waste of time for me today was that real protection was not provided,” Russell said. “We can’t protect you if you don’t defend yourself. Unless the main legal advice is to take this to the high court.”
After the hearing, the former chief thanked those who supported him.
“From day one I made it clear that the Miami Police Department had to dedicate itself to doing police work,” said the Miami Herald. “The department was still in need of change. I am lamenting the fact that I do not have the opportunity to continue working.”
Acevedo never applied for the job but was registered while still in Houston and was highly promoted by Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. He was seen as a translator after shouting gun control and with heavy police accountability.
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Accordingly, his appointment was overseen by the commission. He further angered the authorities when he told police that the “Cuban Mafia” was leading the city.
Acevedo, a Cuban who grew up in Los Angeles, later apologized and said his goal was to “show the importance of differentiating between our steps and simplify our conversation.”