Miami’s police chief is being fired just six months into his role after he appeared to support compulsory vaccine mandates for cops, and over claims he sat and watched as his deputy bullied staff at a meeting.
Miami City Manager Art Noriega said in a statement Monday that he suspended Chief Art Acevedo with the intent to terminate his employment.
‘The relationship between the Chief and the organization has become untenable and needed to be resolved promptly,’ Noriega said. ‘Chief Acevedo is not the right fit for this organization.’
Acevedo was recruited by Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who earlier this year hailed him as ‘America´s best chief.’
But Acevedo is said to have infuriated rank-and-file cops by twice signaling his support for a vaccine mandate for police officers, despite Florida Governor RonDe Santis threatening to fine municipalities that enforced such edicts.
He has been accused of speaking without authority when pushing for the vaccine mandates, which also saw him tease a possible clash with DeSantis over the move.
CNN reported that Acevedo also angered cops after he watched his deputy chief ‘verbally assault his executive staff after a commission meeting and did not intervene.’
That deputy – Heather Morris – who moved from Houston earlier this year to join Acevedo in Miami – was fired from her job on October 1.
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Source: Daily Mail