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Miami police chief flashed similar ‘OK’ hand gesture in previous photograph as officer he suspended, union says

A police union in Miami shared a year-old photograph of Chief Artwork Acevedo showing to flash the identical “OK” hand gesture he suspended an officer for utilizing final week amid allegations it represented “White energy.”

“‘Do as I say not as I do’ I assume it [is] what we should always get used to any longer,” Miami Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 20 tweeted, sharing a picture of Acevedo when he was nonetheless Houston’s police chief. 

Art Acevedo in 2020. 

Artwork Acevedo in 2020.  (@miamifop/Twitter)

The photograph reveals Acevedo throughout a go to to Jack Yates Excessive Faculty in Houston final summer time. That’s the identical highschool George Floyd graduated from in 1993, and Acevedo visited on June 13, 2020 for a memorial following Floyd’s demise in Minneapolis, which prompted nationwide protests and rioting. 

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Acevedo is seen utilizing a gesture known as the “tre,” which represents Houston’s Third Ward, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez defined to WSVN, arguing it “had nothing to do with White energy.” 

However Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Tommy Reyes mentioned the hand symbols Acevedo is making “are the identical precise” of these Miami Police Officer Daniel Ubeda is making in a unique {photograph} for which he was relieved of responsibility. Acevedo launched an inside affairs investigation into Ubeda after a commander tweeted {a photograph} earlier within the week of his officers following a drug bust. 

Miami Police Officer Daniel Ubeda. 

Miami Police Officer Daniel Ubeda.  (@commandermitch1/Twitter)

The photograph reveals Ubeda and 6 different uniformed officers standing in a line. Ubeda seems to make the “OK” image with each palms, displaying three fingers on every. Reyes mentioned Ubeda was referencing the six different colleagues on his shift, and the hand gestures had been meant as an “inside joke” together with his co-workers.

However the Anti-Defamation League mentioned the “OK” hand gesture, an historical image used to point consent, approval or well-being, has been co-opted by White supremacists lately to signify the letters “wp,” which are supposed to stand for “White Energy.” 

The commander who tweeted the photograph is Black, Reyes mentioned. The photograph was taken down inside 48 hours of the controversy, and the commander has since made his Twitter account personal. 

Ubeda was the identical officer who went viral final October for carrying a face masks emblazoned with the message “Trump 2020 No extra bull****” whereas in police uniform at a polling station. He was reprimanded over the incident for breaking coverage prohibiting political messaging whereas in uniform, WPLG reported.

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In a letter despatched final week, the union president demanded Acevedo reinstate Ubeda to his full duties, clear him of any wrongdoing and apologize, categorizing the chief’s transfer to droop the officer as a “knee jerk response.” 

“This impulsive habits has turn into a standard prevalence right here on the Miami Police Division within the final 4 months since your arrival and is unacceptable,” Reyes mentioned. 

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