MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo was the taxable of treatment astatine a peculiar gathering Monday, arsenic commissioners raised questions astir his fittingness for office.
Acevedo, listening from an upstairs window, was hired astir 5 months ago.
Some spoke successful favour of the Chief, similar Dana Carr, a 27-year seasoned Miami officer.
“Our section needs reform,” she said. “Chief Acevedo was brought present to institute reform, and helium deserves the accidental to bash so.”
Others spoke against the chief.
“Ever since his assignment to the main position, Mr. Acevedo’s judgement and determination making person been suspect, rash and calls into question his quality to efficaciously tally a constabulary department,” 1 commenter said.
Recently, Acevedo, who is of Cuban decent, made a remark regarding however the constabulary section was tally by the “Cuban Mafia.”
There was besides interest implicit his firing of the Papiers, the highest-ranking constabulary mates that some served successful the section for not decently reporting a patrol conveyance accident.
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Most captious was Commissioner Joe Carollo.
At 1 point, helium called Acevedo retired for performing arsenic Elvis astatine an Austin, Texas fundraiser and drew attraction to his choky pants.
Carollo brought up lawsuits from Acevedo’s clip successful Austin that assertion helium did not bash capable to assistance rape victims.
City Manager Art Noriega, who hired Acevedo, says helium knew thing astir these allegations.
A Fraternal Order of Police Survey recovered 79% of those polled bash not person assurance successful Acevedo’s quality to tally the department. The aforesaid percent said that helium should beryllium fired oregon asked to resign.
“I privation an investigation,” said Commissioner Manolo Reyes. “An extracurricular probe of the main and of us.”
The committee discussed adopting a solution to signifier an investigative committee to look into Acevedo and his hiring.
Ultimately, they decided to bring it up for treatment again Friday astatine 1 p.m.
Commissioner Ken Russell was not contiguous astatine the gathering and neither was Mayor Francis Suarez. He issued a connection saying helium was listening from his office. It reads. successful part:
“Due to the ineligible issues progressive and the beingness of an ongoing transgression investigation, I cannot remark further astatine this time. However, I tin stock that successful the weeks starring up to today’s peculiar meeting, I person been successful dialog with metropolis leaders successful an effort to code this concern arsenic expeditiously arsenic possible, and I volition proceed actively engaging each parties successful hunt of a satisfactory solution to this matter. I look guardant to soon refocusing the city’s attraction connected improving prime of beingness and delivering excellence for each our residents.”