Miami City Manager Art Noriega recently announced that he has suspended Chief Art Acevedo with the intent to terminate his employment after the city’s new police chief accused city managers of meddling in the police department and internal affairs investigations, reports USA Today. Acevedo was sworn in this past April and began making waves almost immediately by taking over internal affairs and making significant changes to his command staff.
He demoted four majors and fired two high-level police officials – a married couple – because they weren’t truthful about a crash involving a city-issued SUV. In an eight-page memo, Acevedo stated that the commissioners were interfering with internal affairs investigations and improperly ordering police resources to be deployed against certain establishments “based on nothing more than the whims of commissioners.” He also accused the commissioners of hampering his reform mandate by eliminating positions. Commissioner Joe Carollo, a Cuban politician, and the other two Cuban Americans, have said they were deeply offended when reports emerged last month that Acevedo talked to officers about a “Cuban mafia” that runs the city. Assistant Police Chief Manny Morales will take over as interim chief while the city searches for a permanent replacement.