Broward state attorney to investigate corruption claims against Miami officials
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has recused herself from the probe into corruption claims against elected City of Miami officials that were made last year by ousted Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo, documents obtained Tuesday by Local 10 News show.
Acevedo was making strides in police reform before ouster, advocates say
“We were treated like second-class citizens, and with this chief, it felt like a brand new start,” said Sgt. Stanley Jean-Poix, president of the Miami Community Police Benevolent Association, the city’s historically Black police association.
Mayor Suarez: Police Chief Acevedo has to go after ‘war with city’s elected leadership’
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who went to Houston to bring in Art Acevedo for a fresh perspective, said Tuesday that the police chief is too much of an outsider and he supports the city manager’s decision to remove him after just six months.
Miami decides to fire police chief Art Acevedo and end a tumultuous but short tenure
City Manager Art Noriega moved to fire embattled Police Chief Art Acevedo Monday night, ending weeks of speculation and tumult at City Hall and after a pair of circus-like public hearings in which commissioners lashed out at the chief for everything from a misguided statement he made about the “Cuban Mafia,” to the tight jumpsuit he wore during a fundraiser in another city.news.yahoo.com
After Ball & Chain quarrels, chief alleges some commissioners issued arbitrary list to target businesses
Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo is not the only one who has ever accused Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo of harassment. Bill Fuller, the co-founder and managing principal of Miami-based commercial real estate agency Barlington Group, and Carollo have had an ongoing feud for years.
That wasn’t a meeting to assess Miami’s police chief. That was a character assassination | Editorial
The highly anticipated Miami Commission meeting to address, and dress down, Police Chief Art Acevedo Monday was an unmitigated public embarrassment. It was unworthy of those calling themselves elected officials and an absolute insult to Miamians, on whose behalf this all took place.news.yahoo.com
Miami police union posts picture of chief using same gesture that got cop suspended
Miami’s police union fired back at the city’s police chief Friday, posting a picture of Art Acevedo posing with the same gesture he suspended an officer for using last week — a hand signal often associated with white power extremist groups.news.yahoo.com
Proud Boys got photo ops with Miami police chief. He says he didn’t know who they were.
Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo — who prides himself on working the street with beat cops — had recent back-to-back encounters with members of the right-wing extremist group the Proud Boys during the first demonstrations in the city in support of protesters in Cuba.news.yahoo.com
Chief fires Miami’s most powerful police couple. They vow to fight for their jobs
Two of Miami’s top-ranked police officers — a couple with almost a half-century of combined law enforcement experience and personnel jackets brimming with commendations and promotions — were fired Tuesday for not being truthful about an accident involving a city-issued SUV, said Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo.news.yahoo.com
Miami chief’s ‘You lie, you die’ mandate cited in call for firing high-ranking female cop
Three days before Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo was officially sworn in, he drew a line in the sand to the city’s command staff: “You lie, You die,” warned the incoming chief, suggesting changes were coming within the department.news.yahoo.com
Miami moves to fire high-ranking police couple. Probe says proper protocol was ignored
Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo moved a step closer Wednesday to terminating two of the city’s highest ranking officers — husband and wife Ronald and Nerly Papier — six weeks after one of them crashed a patrol vehicle and the proper chain of command was not followed, an internal investigation found.news.yahoo.com
This Week in South Florida Full Episode: March 21, 2021
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – On the latest episode of This Week in South Florida, hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg are joined by Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, Florida state Senator Gary Farmer, Rep. Carlos Gimenez and new Miami police chief Art Acevedo. The full episode can be seen at the top of this page.
Houston police chief appointed top cop in Miami
MIAMI, Fla. – Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo will become Miami’s next police chief, City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez formally announced Monday. AdToday @Artnoriega5 + @FrancisSuarez + three Commissioners introduce @CityofMiami residents to its new Chief of Police: Houston Chief @ArtAcevedo - he may start in 4-8 weeks - Cuban-born and “first Hispanic to lead HPD”. “We appreciate his service to Houston, and wish him the best in Miami,” Houston Police Officer’s Union President Doug Griffith said in a statement a day earlier. Acevedo served more than four years as HPD chief, leading more than 5,200 police officers and 1,000 support staff. Acevedo wasn’t included in a list of candidates that the city sent to Local 10 in mid-February, which included five who work for the Miami Police Department: Armando Aguilar, Assistant Chief, Miami Police Department; DeShawn Beaufort, Chief Inspector, Philadelphia Police; Francisco Fernandez, Major, Miami Police Department; Cherise Gause, Assistant Chief, Miami Police Department; Jason Lando, Commander, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police; Manuel Morales, Assistant Chief, Miami Police Department; Ronald Lee Papier, Deputy Chief, Miami Police Department; and Raul Pintos, Deputy Chief, New York City Police Department.
Texans can still be arrested for violating business mask rules, despite mandate's end, police chief says
People can still be arrested for not wearing a mask in Texas businesses, despite Gov. The chief said they can also issue someone a criminal trespass warning, which would prohibit them from entering the establishment for at least a year. White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said that he believed people would need to continue wearing face masks into 2022. Acevedo said that his officers will be wearing masks well after March 10. Some businesses in Texas are already facing backlash for saying they will maintain mask rules.cnbc.com
Texas schools, stores divided on masks as mandate ends
Greg Abbott says Texas is lifting a mask mandate and lifting business capacity limits next week. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)DALLAS – The end of Texas' mask mandate is giving Lucy Alanis second thoughts about one of her occasional indulgences during the coronavirus pandemic: dining in at restaurants. Businesses in Texas shed rules, city leaders plotted new safeguards and the state's 5 million schoolchildren largely remained under orders to keep wearing masks, at least for now. The mask mandate, which has been in place since July, and occupancy limits on restaurants and retail stores end March 10. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said his officers will continue wearing masks.
A broad cross section of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, arrests show. Now what?
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said one of his officers — who resigned Thursday — had “penetrated” the Capitol building and was expected to face federal charges soon. It’s very broad and diffuse.”William Pepe, a transit worker from New York, was allegedly captured on camera inside the Capitol. AdvertisementA Virginia police officer, Thomas Robertson, was identified by investigators as one of those who stormed into the building, court records show. Once inside the Capitol, some violently assaulted law enforcement officers. AdvertisementFederal law enforcement officials also have detailed more serious threats they discovered that day — pipe bombs outside the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee.latimes.com
Capitol Police rejected offers of federal help to quell mob
Capitol police officers stand outside of fencing that was installed around the exterior of the Capitol grounds, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 in Washington. A woman was fatally shot, windows were bashed and the mob forced shaken lawmakers and aides to flee the building, shielded by Capitol Police. And as the mob descended on the building Wednesday, Justice Department leaders reached out to offer up FBI agents. The rioting and loss of control has raised serious questions over security at the Capitol for future events. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said that as the rioting was underway, it became clear that the Capitol Police were overrun.
Capitol Police rejected offers of federal help to quell mob
WASHINGTON – Three days before supporters of President Donald Trump rioted at the Capitol, the Pentagon asked the U.S Capitol Police if it needed National Guard manpower. And as the mob descended on the building Wednesday, Justice Department leaders reached out to offer up FBI agents. The rioting and loss of control has raised serious questions over security at the Capitol for future events. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said that as the rioting was underway, it became clear that the Capitol Police were overrun. Agents from nearly every Justice Department agency, including the FBI, were called in.
Houston police chief on rise in threats against election officials
Houston police chief on rise in threats against election officials The typically routine process of presidential electors casting their ballots in the Electoral College took place this year amid threats of violence. And a Texas man is under arrest for threatening a man at gunpoint over false suspicions of election fraud. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" to explain why he believes such threats are on the rise.cbsnews.com
How embattled police plan to guard polling stations on election day
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said his department will be “out en masse” on election day, though not at voting sites. Miami police have also scrapped vacation and time off ahead of election day. “The 1st Amendment is not placed on hold on election day as long as there’s no interference with the polling places,” he said. “They won’t be doing it again and will not be anywhere in Minnesota before, during, or after Election Day,” Ellison said in a statement. But leaders of some armed right-wing groups have said they still plan to go to the polls on election day.latimes.com
65-Year Old Police Officer Killed Just 2 Weeks Before His Retirement
NATIONWIDE — Sergeant Harold Preston, a Houston police officer, was sadly shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call at an apartment complex on the south side of the city. The 65-year old police officer was only two weeks away from his retirement. Preston was shot repeatedly by the suspect. The suspect, who was identified as 51-year old Elmer Manzano, was found holding a gun when his 14-year old son opened the door with his keys. Manzano then fired multiple shots, repeatedly hitting Preston.thewestsidegazette.com
Family of black choir director killed by Houston police demands release of video
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Family and friends of a Houston choir director and gospel singer who was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop demanded on Monday that video of the incident be released. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Monday afternoon that he would not release the video until he could meet with the family and personally show it to them. The Houston Police Department said in a statement that Medearis was pulled over while speeding. The officer then tried to arrest Medearis on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to the police statement. We are beyond shocked at the initial accounts of this tragedy, Medearis family said in a statement posted by his brother, Audrick.feeds.reuters.com
Family of black choir director killed by Houston police demand release of video
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Friends and family of a Houston choir director and gospel singer who was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop demanded on Monday that video of the incident be released. Adrian Medearis, 48, who was black, was shot during an alleged scuffle with a police officer who stopped him on suspicion of drunk driving early Friday. The Houston Police Department said in a statement that Medearis was pulled over while speeding. The officer then tried to arrest Medearis on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to the police statement. Dav Lewis, a longtime friend of Medearis, said he and family members are demanding that any video police have be released.feeds.reuters.com
Blast at machine shop rips through Houston neighborhood, killing two
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A massive explosion at a machine shop ripped through a Houston neighborhood early on Friday morning, killing at least two people and damaging homes while sending out blast waves for miles. Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena said early indications pointed to a leak of propylene gas, a colorless, flammable, liquefied gas with several industrial uses. Paul Crea, 59, a chemist who works for Meikle, said the blast woke him 10 miles (16 km) away in Katy, a Houston suburb, and his dogs bellowed at the sound. Fransisco Castrejon, 62, stands inside his house, damaged by a warehouse explosion nearby in Houston, Texas, U.S., January 24, 2020. REUTERS/Go NakamuraAcevedo asked people as far as a mile (1.6 km) away to search their yards and neighborhoods for evidence.feeds.reuters.com
Blast at machine shop rips through Houston neighborhood, killing two
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A massive explosion at a machine shop ripped through a Houston neighborhood early Friday morning, killing at least two people and damaging homes while sending out blast waves for miles. We do have confirmed fatalities in this case, at least two confirmed fatalities, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told a press briefing. Early indications pointed to a leak of some kind at the manufacturing site, which mostly handles propylene gas, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pea said. A 2,000-gallon tank of propylene gas outside the building had been secured, Pea said. He told Reuters the force of the blast bent back the metal loading doors at his business and caused minor damage inside, he said.feeds.reuters.com
Huge explosion rips through Houston neighborhood, causing several injuries
Emergency personnel work at the scene of an explosion in Houston, Texas, U.S., January 24, 2020. No fatalities were reported, but one employee was unaccounted for, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said, according to the Houston Chronicle. (The explosion) knocked us all out of our bed, it was so strong, Mark Brady told KPRC television. The explosion took place on Gessner Road in northwestern Houston, city police wrote on Twitter. The explosion damaged several homes in the area, the Houston Chronicle reported, showing pictures of homes with windows blown in and debris scattered.feeds.reuters.com
Two deaths confirmed as machine shop blast rips Houston neighborhood
"First and foremost, I want to say that we do have confirmed fatalities in this case, at least two confirmed fatalities," Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a press briefing. Aerial video showed the shredded and collapsed wreckage of the Watson Grinding and Manufacturing building smoldering but no longer flaming, along with widespread damage to area homes and businesses from the force of the blast. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the blast was felt as far away as 14 miles (22 km), based on social media reports. The blast originated at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, which provides coatings, machining and grinding about 10 miles (16 km) northwest of central Houston. The company's owner told ABC affiliate KTRK a propylene gas explosion sent two people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, reporter Marla Carter said on Twitter.cnbc.com
2 killed in massive warehouse explosion in Houston
Two people were killed Friday in a massive warehouse explosion in Houston, officials said. The explosion at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing was felt across the city around 4:30 a.m. local time. Police Chief Art Acevedo said the victims were likely employees at the company and said it's unlikely that the blast was intentional. Local fire officials determined initial air quality tests showed no signs of hazardous air quality. Houston's mayor, Sylvester Turner, called the city's air quality "fine" but said officials would continue investigating.cbsnews.com
Houston officer shot after 4 suspects beat priest; 1 sought
Markings on the vest indicate the suspect may have tried to shoot the officer two other times, Acevedo said. The officer underwent surgery that lasted several hours and Acevedo said he's "hopeful for a full recovery." After the officer was shot, another officer ran into the yard and shot the suspect once, killing him. "If they're not here to talk to us about solutions, then don't bother showing up to the Houston Police Department." Acevedo, with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner at his side, thanked the Democratic mayor for his gun-control efforts and also praised Republican Texas Lt. Gov.
Houston police officer wounded, suspect fatally shot after crime spree
OnScene.tv via CNN(CNN) - A Houston police officer was wounded and a suspect fatally shot during an exchange of gunfire following two carjackings and the robbery of a priest Thursday night, authorities said. The shooting happened about 10:30 p.m. in southeast Houston, leaving the five-year police veteran shot -- possibly three times -- and one suspect dead, Acevedo said. "At some point a struggle ensued (and) the suspect actually shot our officer and several shots were discharged." "The suspect shot the officer, he went down when a secondary officer was coming from the opposite direction (and) discharged what appears to be one round striking the suspect," who died at the scene, Acevedo said. The wounded officer is the son of a 42-year police veteran, the chief said.
Human trafficking suspects charged as immigrants rescued in Texas
HOUSTON, Texas - Houston police arrested five men in a human trafficking investigation for allegedly holding 18 Latin American immigrants for ransom, police said. The suspects face multiple charges, including engaging in organized crime by kidnapping, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Friday. The investigation started June 5 after a family told police a relative was being held against his will. The kidnappers told the family that the man would be killed if the money was not paid, the complaint said. Officers responded to where they believed the victim was held, and they arrested several suspects and rescued two victims, Acevedo said.