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Could damaged police-issued SUV be behind officers’ investigation?

Husband and wife high-ranking police officers under internal investigation.

MIAMI – Two high ranking City of Miami police officers have been relieved of duty.

Deputy Chief Ronald Papier and his wife, Commander Nerly Papier, were taken off active duty pending an internal affairs investigation.

According to a source, the investigation involves the commander’s police SUV. In a photograph obtained by Local 10 News, the vehicle in question appears to have damaged tires and rims.

A letter obtained by local 10 News and sent to city officials alleges Commander Papier crashed into a curb and her husband covered it up.

Deputy Chief Papier was most recently the city’s interim police chief before the announcement of Chief Art Acevedo’s hiring.

Commander Papier is the Neighborhood Enhancement Team Commander in Little Havana. She was honored in March for Women’s History Month.

Miami police have not said what led to the couple being placed on leave. A police spokesperson would not confirm or detail any allegations against the pair.

About the Authors:

Janine Stanwood joined Local 10 News in February 2004 as an assignment editor. She is now a general assignment reporter. Before moving to South Florida from her Washington home, Janine was the senior legislative correspondent for a United States senator on Capitol Hill.

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.