The suspension and impending termination of MiamiPolice Chief Art Acevedo after six tumultuous months on the job came after clashes with city leaders amid quite a lot of points and “alienated” the police pressure, city Commissioner Manolo Reyes informed Fox News. 

Acevedo came to Miami extremely touted after main police departments in Houston and Austin, Texas. However, his quick tenure was marred by a contentious relationship with city commissioners, a few of whom he accused of meddling in an inside investigation and in his efforts to implement progressive reforms. 

He additionally accused them of appearing in methods just like Cuba’s communist regime. 

Reyes stated Acevedo, 57, who’s Cuban however raised in Los Angeles, alienated the police pressure and the city with divisive feedback, officers stated. Specifically, he came beneath fireplace after he stated the division was being run by the “Cuban Mafia,” which angered city leaders and Miami’s Cuban exile inhabitants. 


Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo speaks throughout a press convention at HPD headquarters on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Houston. Acevedo was suspecned as Miami’s high cop Monday after solely six months onthe job.
(Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle through AP))

“If he had said that referring to any ethnic group… people would have asked for his resignation,” Reyes stated. “The statement is quite, quite dangerous. It’s incendiary.”

Acevedo stated he made the comment in reference to the police division’s perceived lack of range and later apologized. Reyes argued the division is numerous and has officers of all backgrounds. 

Fox News has reached out to Acevedo and the city. In addition to his feedback, Reyes stated Acevedo improperly took days off, received into an accident in a city-owned automobile and didn’t report it and used foul language at occasions. 

The suspension adopted two conferences during which commissioners blasted the chief’s management and referred to as for an investigation into his hiring. The classes came after Acevedo wrote a scathing eight-page memo to Mayor Francis Suarez and City Manager Arthur Noriega lambasting Reyes and Commissioners Joe Carollo and Alex Diaz de la Portilla. 

He accused them of interfering together with his efforts to implement police reforms and meddling in a confidential investigation. 

Suarez recruited Acevedo, at one level calling him the “Michael Jordan of police chiefs.” While in Houston, Acevedo, the primary Hispanic to steer the city’s police pressure, gained a nationwide status after calling for gun management and for nationwide requirements for police use of pressure. 

“Unfortunately, things haven’t worked out the way that many of us would have liked,” Suarez stated informed FOX Business’s Stuart Varney on Tuesday whereas discussing MiamiCoin, a Miami-specific cryptocurrency. 

On Monday, Noriega suspended Acevedo with the intent to fireside him. Assistant Police Chief Manny Morales has taken over as interim chief.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez speaks during a news conference at Miami City Hall on Tuesday. Suarez took questions on Miami police Chief Art Acevedo who was suspended with the intention of firing after a tumultuous six-month tenure. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez speaks throughout a news convention at Miami City Hall on Tuesday. Suarez took questions on Miami police Chief Art Acevedo who was suspended with the intention of firing after a tumultuous six-month tenure. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

In an announcement, Noriega stated the connection between the city and Acevedo had grow to be “untenable and needed to be resolved promptly.”

“In particular, the relationship between the chief and the Police Department he leads – as well as with the community – has deteriorated beyond repair,” Noriega stated. “Relationships between employers and employees come down to fit and leadership style and unfortunately, Chief Acevedo is not the right fit for this organization.”

Reyes stated Acevedo by no means utilized to grow to be Miami’s high cop however was as an alternative chosen by Suarez. 

“This could have been avoided,” Reyes stated. I actually hope that now we’ll return to regular.”