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Miami police Chief Artwork Acevedo fired after tumultuous six months on job

Miami metropolis commissioners voted unanimously to terminate town’s police chief Thursday after six acrimonious months that included consequential gaffes and feuding with lawmakers. 

Commissioners Joe Carollo, Manolo Reyes, Alex Díaz de la Portilla, Jeffrey Watson, and Ken Russell all agreed to just accept a suggestion by Metropolis Supervisor Arthur Noriega to fireside Art Acevedo, who got here to town earlier this yr with a lot fanfare after main police departments in Houston and Austin, Texas. 

Noriega suspended Acevedo earlier this week with the intent to fireside him. In a letter, he outlined a number of causes for the suspension, together with allegedly shedding the belief of rank-and-file officers, failing to report private and trip time, pushing for obligatory COVID-19 vaccines, making unauthorized hires and utilizing the time period “Cuban Mafia” to explain metropolis management. 


Miami police Chief Art Acevedo and his attorney John R. Byrne, arrive at Miami City Hall on Thursday for a hearing to determine his job. Acevedo was suspended after a tumultuous six-month tenure and fired Thursday. 

Miami police Chief Artwork Acevedo and his lawyer John R. Byrne, arrive at Miami Metropolis Corridor on Thursday for a listening to to find out his job. Acevedo was suspended after a tumultuous six-month tenure and fired Thursday.  (AP Photograph/Marta Lavandier)

Thursday’s listening to served as a de facto trial with Noriega and Acevedo on opposing sides and the commissioners serving as judges. They heard hours of testimony concerning Acevedo’s conduct as chief.

Manny Morales, an assistant chief who’s now the interim police chief, mentioned Acevedo had misplaced the arrogance of officers. He recalled a second when Acevedo allegedly as soon as mentioned the division “was stuffed with backstabbers and snakes.”

“It’s a litany of issues, however it maybe boils all the way down to the systematic demoralization of the police division,” Morales mentioned.

Acevedo, 57, was current on the listening to in Metropolis Corridor that at instances grew contentious. His lawyer, John Byrne, accused the lawmakers of trying to oust his shopper as retaliation for a scathing eight-page memo he despatched alleging misconduct on the a part of three commissioners he accused of interfering in an inner investigation and in police reform makes an attempt.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez speaks during a news conference at Miami City Hall, on Tuesday where he took questions about then-Miami police Chief Art Acevedo. tenure.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez speaks throughout a information convention at Miami Metropolis Corridor, on Tuesday the place he took questions on then-Miami police Chief Artwork Acevedo. tenure. (AP Photograph/Lynne Sladky)

Byrne additionally alleged Thursday’s end result was predetermined and that the protection didn’t have ample time to organize. He didn’t name any witnesses. 

“Primarily based on what now we have seen right here at this time, it’s clear the commissioners haven’t a legitimate foundation for terminating Chief Acevedo,” Byrne mentioned. “If chief Acevedo may say something that will make any distinction, he would. It’s very clear what’s happening.”

Commissioner Joe Carollo requested Acevedo a number of instances to supply up a protection. 

“The waste of time for me at this time was that the right protection wasn’t given,” Russell mentioned. “We won’t defend you should you do not defend your self. Until the better authorized technique is to take this to the next court docket.”

After the listening to, the previous chief thanked those that supported him. 

“From day one I made it clear the Miami Police Division needed to be dedicated to constitutional policing,” he mentioned, the Miami Herald reported. “The division was and continues to be in want of reform. I lament the truth that I do not need the chance to proceed serving.”

Acevedo by no means utilized for the job however was recruited whereas he was in Houston and was extremely touted by Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. He was seen as a reformer after calling for gun management and better police accountability.

In this Wednesday, July 14, 2021, file photo, Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo, left, hugs a demonstrator, in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood.

On this Wednesday, July 14, 2021, file photograph, Miami Police Chief Artwork Acevedo, left, hugs a demonstrator, in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. ((AP Photograph/Wilfredo Lee, File))


Nonetheless, his hiring got here below scrutiny by commissioners. He additional angered officers when he instructed officers the “Cuban Mafia” runs town. 

Acevedo, a Cuban who was raised in Los Angeles, later apologized and mentioned his intent was to “spotlight the significance of variety inside our personal ranks and to lighten our dialogue.” 


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