Miami Mayor Francis Suarez Honors Acevedo as ‘Michael Jordan of Police Chiefs’ at His Appointment
Miami city officials on Monday suspended police chief Art Acevedo with intent to sack him after six months of controversial work, in which top cops clashed with city leaders.
Miami City Manager Art Noriega said in a statement that the relationship between the city and Acevedo “has become unstable and needs to be resolved immediately.”
“In particular, the relationship between the chief and the police department – as well as with the community – has deteriorated beyond repair,” Noriega said. “The relationship between employers and employees comes down to fit and leadership style and unfortunately, Chief Acevedo is not the right fit for this organization.”
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He said Assistant Police Chief Manny Morales will take over as interim chief until a permanent replacement is found.
Granthshala News has contacted Acevedo, the police union, Miami city commissioners and Mayor Francis Suarez. Noriega’s decision came a week after receiving an action plan he asked the chief to prepare to address issues within the department.
In an email to the Police Department received by wplg-tv, Acevedo said that he “promises to continue to fight the good fight to rid the MPD of political interference from City Hall that is unfortunately negatively affecting this organization.”
The move comes six months after Acevedo, 57, resigned as chief of the Houston Police Department to run Miami’s police agency. In his four years as Houston’s police chief, he gained a national reputation as a reformer by calling for national standards on police force and gun control as well as marching with protesters following the killing of George Floyd.
Suarez hailed Acevedo as the “Michael Jordan of police chiefs” when his recruitment was announced.
City commissioners have held two meetings in recent weeks, where they discussed Acevedo’s actions as chief and accusing some city leaders – commissioners Joe Carrollo, Alex Diaz de la Portilla and Manolo – of Noriega being given a scathing eight. After writing the page memorandum called to check their recruitment. Reyes – To intervene in police reform efforts and internal investigations.
“If I or the MPD succumb to the unfair actions described here, my family and I may also remain in communist Cuba, as Miami and the MPD would be no better off than the repressive regime and police state left behind,” Acevedo said of his Memorandum terminated.
The chief also drew criticism for saying, “It runs the Miami PD like the Cuban mafia,” which angered the city’s Cuban exile community. Acevedo, who is Cuban and grew up in Los Angeles, later apologized for the comment, saying he intended to “highlight the importance of diversity within our own ranks and lighten our discussion”.
She also faced backlash after two high-ranking officers were shot and a black female officer demoted. In addition, Acevedo also emphasized a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for officials.