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US Miami Top Cop, Called 'Michael Jordan of Police Chiefs,' Under Fire From City Commissioners

03:25  15 september  2021
03:25  15 september  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Back in April, when Acevedo was sworn in, Mayor Francis Suarez famously said, "We got the Michael Jordan of police chiefs." This was following Acevedo's flood of national media attention and praise for marching along with protestors at Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Houston, where he was police chief in the summer of 2020.

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The Miami Police Department (MPD), also known as the City of Miami Police Department, is a full-service municipal law enforcement agency serving Miami , Florida.

The incoming City of Miami Police Chief , Art Acevedo, is expected to bring a high profile to the job. His salary from city taxpayers will also be much higher than his predecessor’s. The city increased the position’s salary to close the deal, and a decision that's bringing some early criticism. Commissioners Ken Russel, Jeffrey Watson, and Joe Carollo had welcome words for him at the press conference announcing the hire. Mayor Francis Suarez described him as the “ Michael Jordan of police chiefs .” When asked about Reyes’ comments, Mayor Suarez told NBC 6 he thought the

In the months since he has been in charge of Miami's police force, Acevedo has courted controversy, committing a series of blunders and contentious professional decisions that earned him negative attention from some members of the city government.

Now, city commissioners have called a meeting for September 27 to question Acevedo about his performance and potentially debate his future status on the job.

"I'll be damned if I'm going to let a new transplant come here and do whatever he wants," Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo said, referring to Acevedo's recent move from Texas at a meeting Monday night. "Each one of us are duly elected. And each one of us has deep roots in this community."

Acevedo's most recent gaff angered city officials when he told a group of roughly 100 police officers during morning roll call that it's like the Miami police department was run by the "Cuban Mafia."

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Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo will become the next police chief in Miami replace Jorge Colina who retired in February. Suarez commended Acevedo as being one of the best police chiefs in the nation, as he is currently leading the fourth-largest department in the country. Acevedo said his first order of business will be building trust with the community. “We’re living in a time in our nation’s history where the American people are hurting,” Acevedo said during Monday’s news conference outside City Hall.

The man shot at police multiple times before they fired back and struck his arm, said Chief of Department Rodney Harrison at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. A man is in custody after holding his NYPD cop wife hostage with her own gun outside their home in Queens, pictured above. However, the husband opened fire multiple times, cops said. While the suspect was engaged in the standoff with police , his wife jumped out a second-story window. The husband was hit in the arm during the shootout, police said.

The term "Cuban Mafia" was used in the past by Fidel Castro in an attempt to make Cuban exiles look like criminals for trying to escape or opposing the dictatorship. Most of Miami's city commissioners either have family members who have suffered under Cuba's communist regime or are Cuban exiles themselves, according to reporting by the Miami Herald.

Acevedo, a Cuban-American himself, who denied he had any knowledge about the origin or meaning of the term, said in an apology posted on Twitter that he had intended the comment to be humorous.

At the time, Carollo called the blunder "unbelievable" and said he nearly called for the chief's firing.

It's worth noting that city commissioners do not have the power to fire the police chief. However, they can do much to influence the City Manager Art Noriega, who is Acevedo's boss.

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Acevedo's other controversial moves early on in his chiefdom include terminating two high-ranking officers who were also a married couple and demoting several majors, including one of the highest-ranking Black women in the department. He also came under fire for posing for a photo with a prominent member of the far-right group the Proud Boys, though Acevedo said he "had no idea who that man was."

Newsweek reached out to the police chief for comment but did not hear back before press time.

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