Miami’s top cop flames out after acrimonious 6-month stint

MIAMI (AP), -- Art Acevedo, the top cop in Miami, was described by the mayor as "not the right fit" and a Michael Jordan and Tom Brady for policing.

Miami’s top cop flames out after acrimonious 6-month stint

MIAMI (AP), -- Art Acevedo, the top cop in Miami, was described by the mayor as "not the right fit" and a Michael Jordan and Tom Brady for policing.

After a turbulent six-month tenure, Acevedo was fired by the city manager. Acevedo had fired top-ranking officers, and the new chief of police accused the influential city commissioners, of running the city like Fidel Castro did in Cuba.

Acevedo was born in Havana and some Miami's most prominent Cuban-American communities considered Acevedo an outsider.

He was born in California and became the first Hispanic to head the Houston police department. Acevedo addressed the Democratic convention. He criticized President Donald Trump for taking a tough line against leaders from Venezuela and Cuba.

Joe Carollo, a Cuban American commissioner, was Acevedo's most ardent critic in Miami. He said Acevedo wasn't "a real Cuban." Other commissioners objected to Acevedo being chosen without an open process and without consulting with the commission.

After two raucous meetings in which Carollo led other commissioners to lambasting Acevedo's leadership, Carollo decided to create an investigative panel with subpoena powers to investigate Acevedo's appointment.

Updated Date: 14 October 2021, 16:44

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