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.
Miami Cop Who Wore Trump Mask to Vote Gets Written Reprimand
— Mayor Francis Suarez (@FrancisSuarez) October 20, 2020But records recently obtained by New Times indicate that Ubeda merely received a written reprimand. But other than Simeonidis, Ubeda only appeared to speak with election officials who were overseeing early voting. "After voting, Officer Ubeda immediately left the Government Center," Griffith writes. "Officer Ubeda explained Mr. Simeonidis did not complain to him about his mask but had he mentioned it, he would have turned it inside out. Officer Ubeda stated he cast his vote and left without interacting with any other person," the reprimand says.miaminewtimes.com
Miami’s police chief talks to Local 10 about years on job as final day nears
MIAMI, Fla. – In September, Miami’s Chief of Police Jorge Colina said he would be retiring in January. Now, into late February, the city manager has yet to select a replacement. But Colina said that with the city manager indicating news that a chief will be announced with the next two weeks, Colina’s last day will be Friday. AdColina said he told his officers, " ‘Let’s recognize that this is a watershed moment. His advice for the person the city manager will pick as his successor is to lead with compassion.
Miami expects to announce next police chief in next 2 weeks
MIAMI – For the past week, Local 10 News has been working to find out details about the City of Miami’s progress in hiring the next Chief of Police. In September, Chief Jorge Colina announced he would be retiring in January. Colina has been in charge of the Miami police force for nearly three years after being named chief in January 2018. AdLocal 10 News has also reached out to the City of Miami Police to inquire about whether Colina has scheduled a final day in office. Mayor Francis Suárez declined to address the current status of the hiring process when asked by Local 10 News during a news conference on Tuesday.
This Week in South Florida Podcast: January 17, 2021
This Week In South Florida (Full Episode): Feb. 23, 2020PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Joining this episode of the This Week in South Florida podcast are Rep. Carlos Gimenez, Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and attorneys Raquel Rodriguez and Chris Smith. Subscribe to the weekly TWISF Podcast on iOS or Android
This Week in South Florida Full Episode: January 17, 2021
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Joining this episode of This Week in South Florida are Rep. Carlos Gimenez, Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and attorneys Raquel Rodriguez and Chris Smith. The full video can be seen at the top of this page.
This Week in South Florida: Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Since the violence at the U.S. Capitol and in the days leading to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden., law enforcement around the county has been on high alert. Last week the FBI warned all 50 states of the possibility that armed protests are planned. Chief Jorge Colina of the Miami Police Department was on that call Wednesday with FBI Director Chris Wray and others, and he joined This Week in South Florida hosts Glenna Milberg and Michael Putney to discuss. Their conversation can be seen at the top of this page.
Local law enforcement on alert as armed protests planned ahead of inauguration
MIAMI – Security efforts are being ramped up in the nation’s capital and across the country amid new threats of armed protests. The FBI is also calling on local law enforcement to be on alert. Local leaders are preparing for warnings of more violence after the FBI sent out a message stating that armed protests are being planned at all state capitols. The FBI said the group is also planning attacks in Washington, D.C., on the day of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. “I truly believe that there’s not going to be a swearing in on Jan 20,” Trump activist Willy Guardiola said.
Pro-Trump activist who traveled to D.C. predicts ‘something is going to happen’ to keep Biden from taking office
South Florida pro-Trump activist Willy Guardiola predicts something will happen over the next several days to prevent Biden from taking office — the type of thinking that has law enforcement on high alert as Jan. 20 nears. “Something is going to happen before the 20th and I don’t see Sleepy Joe putting his hand on the Bible on the 20th,” Guardiola said. What’s going to be taking place in the next few days, we really have to be vigilant because I truly believe it’s going to happen. He told Local 10 News he was not with the crowds at the Capitol building and said he condemns all violence, including the actions on display last week. Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina told Local 10 his department isn’t taking chances.
Investigation continues after Miami man dies in police-involved shooting
MIAMI – A police-involved shooting that took place on New Year’s Eve has become fatal. Family members told Local 10 the person killed in the shooting is Rodolfo Caraballo Moreno. Family members say Rodolfo Caraballo Moreno was killed in a New Year's Eve police-involved shooting. They said Caraballo Moreno did have two guns and may have thought he was defending himself. State records show Caraballo Moreno owned his air conditioning and appliance service business since 2009.
Investigation into Miami police-involved shooting continues
MIAMI, Fla. – A family said a man who was recently shot by Miami police was armed because he was scared about a commotion going on outside of his home. Officers were outside of the man’s home on Thursday morning in the area of Southwest 38th Avenue and 29th Street when the police shooting happened, according to Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina. Witnesses told police officers a driver had crashed into a tree. After a police officer shot the armed man, Miami Fire Rescue personnel took him to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. Colina said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the police shooting.
1 hospitalized after police-involved shooting in Miami
MIAMI – One person is in critical condition following a police-involved shooting in the city of Miami, authorities confirmed. Miami police said the shooting happened in the area of Southwest 38th Avenue between 29th Street and 27th Terrace. Sky 10 over police-involved shooting in Miami. That subject has been transported to the hospital,” Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina said. Colina said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the police-involved shooting, per standard protocol.
Midnight curfew starting Saturday in Miami could mean citations, fines for late-nighters
MIAMI, Fla. – Police will be out enforcing the citywide curfew in Miami this weekend. On Friday night, Miami police will start giving out warnings and making businesses aware that they are going to be enforcing the curfew again. Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina said that the idea is to keep people safe and that it isn’t meant to punish people. Please note - beginning this weekend, the City of Miami will enforce the Miami-Dade County curfew from 12AM - 6AM nightly. “It’s going to drive a lot of the people who are going out right now and they’re going to go to underground parties, they’re going to go to big house parties and they’re going to go to raves out in Homestead,” Guerra said.
Fired Detective Alleges Widespread Corruption at Miami Police Department
His court complaint, filed in January, alleges widespread corruption, conspiracy, and cronyism in the highest levels of the Miami Police Department. Javier Ortiz Photo by Bill Cooke Valdes says the retaliation started while Iglesias' trial was still underway. At one point, he says, someone broke into his car and stole case files related to Iglesias' trial. Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina Photo by City of Miami Police Today, Colina doesn't exactly deny Valdes' version of events, but he says he can't vouch for the detective, either. For the past seven years, the evidence presented during Iglesias' trial has been subject to a court order to protect the safety of the witnesses who testified.miaminewtimes.com
South Florida businesses boarding up, police on alert for election unrest
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Local businesses are taking precautions for Election Day and into the night with tensions on both sides of the aisles as voters cast their final votes at the polls, then wait for election results. Several of the high-end stores in Miami’s Design District boarded up their windows as a precaution to fears of vandalism and looting. Police officials in Miami-Dade and Broward counties said they are prepared to keep voters safe on Election Day and in the days that follow. “We’re not going to allow anybody to take advantage of your fear or anxiety as it relates to this election,” Colina said. She said there are currently no threats surrounding Election Day, but that she was not allowing personnel to have vacation days during “this critical time period.”There were rumors circulating about plans for Election Day riots, but federal agents concluded there was no such threat on Tuesday in Miami-Dade County.
Police across South Florida preparing to keep voters feeling safe on Election Day and beyond
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Police are on alert over security concerns on Election Day. We are here to protect their right to vote,” Dietrich said. She added that currently there is no credible threat surrounding Election Day but as a precaution, the department has cancelled vacation days. It doesn’t matter if you’re voting for Biden or you’re voting for Trump. “We’re not going to allow anybody to take advantage of your fear or anxiety as it relates to this election.”
Miami Businesses Board Up in Preparation for Election Day Unrest
Some Miami-Dade businesses are boarding up ahead of Election Day, including the Sunglass Hut in Miami Beach. In the City of Miami, police chief Jorge Colina released a video informing residents that "a lot of officers" will be working on Election Day. Nevertheless, some Miami businesses are taking precautionary measures in anticipation of unrest following the announcement of election results. LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free. Photo by Jessica LipscombThe Sunglass Hut at Bayside Marketplace in downtown Miami is also boarded up.miaminewtimes.com
Miami-Dade State Attorney says her office will look into actions of uniformed cop in political mask
Here is @CityofMiami Police Officer Daniel Ubeda, in full uniform with badge and gun wearing his Trump mask inside of the polling location in government center. “The City of Miami and the Miami Police Department do not support or endorse any candidate for political party or elected office,” Suarez said. “It is our mission to provide impartial police services to everyone regardless of political affiliation.”Colina said that Ubeda will be disciplined for the actions. At last check, there has been no actions taken by Colina or the department concerning the incident. We are aware of the photograph being circulated of a Miami Police officer wearing a political mask in uniform.
Miami Cop, in Full Uniform, Wears Trump Mask at Polling Place
Colina said the department does not have uniformed officers stationed at Government Center or any other polling place. Police may patrol the area, but they are not supposed to go within 150 feet of the polling place. According to the Florida Division of Elections' Polling Place Procedures Manual, voters are allowed to wear apparel with social or political messaging inside polling places. But police officers aren't allowed anywhere within a polling place unless they have permission from an election board to be there, or if they're voting themselves. The opinion says a police officer who is authorized to vote by their department while on duty can carry a weapon into a polling place when voting.miaminewtimes.com
Miami police chief discusses precinct patrols, safety measures as early voting locations open
MIAMI – The 2020 Presidential Election is a very divisive one, and the rhetoric is only intensifying as Election Day gets closer. On Monday, Miami’s Chief of Police held a news conference to talk about extra precinct patrols to make sure everyone can safely exercise their right to vote. “It’s obviously a very antagonistic election,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. “Free and safe elections it is the backbone of our democracy,” added Miami commissioner Manolo Reyes. Colina said he had seen video of a Proud Boys member walking alongside a Joe Biden caravan event over the weekend.
Mayor says he is trying to help Miami police chief save 66 jobs
MIAMI – The coronavirus pandemic’s effects on the City of Miami budget have resulted in a proposal to cut 66 police officers to fill the budget shortfall. Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina said on Friday that there are also positions in the police department that are frozen and the department won’t be filling current vacancies any time soon. “It is closer to 100 officers.”Miami Mayor Francis Suárez said there is a plan to save those jobs, but it includes getting rid of pay raises. He said Miami’s Fraternal Order of Police refused the offer and he is hoping they can come to an agreement in the coming weeks. “The manager, the mayor, myself and the union, we all agree: We don’t want anyone to lose their jobs and we want Miami to remain a very safe city," Colina said.
Miami police officer died from pulmonary thromboembolism, medical examiner says
MIAMI – A report obtained Monday from the Miami-Dade medical examiner’s office listed pulmonary thromboembolism as the cause of death for Miami Police Officer Aubrey Johnson Jr., who died last week. The verification of death report stated that the pulmonary thromboembolism occurred due to deep vein thrombosis, decreased mobility and a right leg injury. Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina confirmed last week that Johnson, 28, had died Thursday evening. “He was treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital, was prescribed pain medication, and was discharged,” Miami Police Officer Kenia Fallat said in a news release. Johnson, who is the 40th Miami police officer to die in the line of duty since 1915, is survived by his parents and siblings.
Miami police chief announces officer’s ‘sudden passing’
MIAMI – Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina confirmed Friday morning that Officer Aubrey Johnson Jr., who joined the police department in 2015, had passed away. It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I announce the sudden passing of a member of our @MiamiPD Family, Officer Aubrey Johnson who joined the department in 2015. - Chief Jorge R. Colina pic.twitter.com/cCIEIVjYaf — Miami PD (@MiamiPD) October 2, 2020According to the Miami Herald, Johnson, 28, died Thursday night after taking some kind of medication. Officer Aubrey Johnson Jr., passed away today from line of duty injury. Sleep well Aubrey Johnson.
Miami Metromover attacks unrelated but ‘deeply concerning,’ police director says
MIAMI – Miami-Dade County’s police director said that the attack of an elderly man Sunday on a Metromover was not related to Metromover beatings from earlier this month, but that measures must be taken to keep transit riders safe. “The recent brutal attacks on our Metrorail/Metromover system, although unrelated, are deeply concerning,” Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez said in a statement Monday afternoon. Police released a flyer showing two images of a subject sought in Sunday’s Miami Metromover attack. In that case, Joshua King, 25, was arrested and accused of attacking three people on the Metromover on the same day. “We’re horrified about these incidents,” said Alice Bravo, the director of Miami-Dade Transit.
Mayor says next chief will have ‘big shoes to fill’
MIAMI – Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez said Thursday afternoon he and the city manager have four months to find a new police chief who will have “big shoes to fill.”Chief Jorge Colina announced that he is planning to retire Jan. 31, 2021 after leading about 1,300 sworn Miami Police Department officers for three years. Deputy Chief Ronald L. Papier and Assistant Chief Cherise Gause were near him. Colina joined the department in 1990, and after moving up the ladder he was sworn in as chief Jan. 26, 2018. Miguel Exposito was police chief from 2009 to 2011John Timoney was police chief from 2003 to 2009Raul Martinez was police chief from 2000 to 2003William O’Brien was police chief from 1998 to 2000Donald Warshaw was police chief from 1994 to 1998Calvin Ross was police chief from 1991 to 1994Perry Anderson Jr. was police chief from 1988 to 1991Clarence Dickson was the first African-American police chief from 1985 to 1988Herbert Breslow was police chief from 1984 to 1985Kenneth T. Harms was police chief from 1978 to 1984Garland P. Watkins was police chief from 1975 to 1978Bernard L. Garmire was police chief from 1969 to 1974Walter E. Headley was police chief from 1948 to 1968Frank Mitchell was police chief from 1946 to 1948Charles O. Nelson was police chief again from 1944 to 1946Howard Leslie Quigg was police chief again from 1937 to 1944John B. Rowland was police chief 1936 to 1937D.D. McCreary was police chief 1933 to 1936Guy C. Reeve was police chief 1928 to 1933Howard Leslie Quigg was police chief from 1921 to 1928Raymond F. Dillon was police chief from 1917 to 1921William J. Whitman was police chief from 1914 to 1917Charles Robert Ferguson was police chief from 1911 until 1914.
Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina to retire in January
MIAMI – The man in charge of the City of Miami Police Department is stepping down. Miami PD Chief Jorge Colina confirmed to Local 10 News on Wednesday that he is retiring in January. Colina has been in charge of the Miami police force for nearly three years after being named chief in January 2018. Colina thanked the community for the outpouring of love and gratitude he has received. Colina’s last day as Miami Police Chief will be Jan. 31.
Police: Man arrested months after vandalizing Miami police car during protest
MIAMI – A 19-year-old man was arrested last week in Hernando County, months after he was involved in a protest that turned violent in the city of Miami, authorities said. Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina is holding a 2 p.m. news conference at the Miami Police College regarding Sebastian Manuel Romero’s arrest. According to Miami police, a large group of protesters blocked the roadway adjacent to the rear of the Miami Police Department on May 30. Police said the protest started off peaceful, but some people involved in the protest eventually became violent. “To date, Miami Police detectives have apprehended seven suspects responsible for lawless behavior that has nothing to do with peaceful protest,” the news release stated.
New Black Lives Matter initiative: Miami Heat teams up with MPD, D2C
MIAMI The Miami Heat announced Thursday the team is partnering with the Miami Police Department to implement a new Black Lives Matter initiative. The BLM movement hit home for Udonis Haslem and other players earlier this year. As a black man raising black kids in America, Im scared as hell, Haslem said in May. Chief Jorge Colina said the effort will begin with a pilot program that will train a subset of Miami police officers. Any training that allows us to grow further in the community is something that well always be interested in, Colina said.
Questions remain following death of Miami officer’s wife who was trapped inside his police vehicle
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Investigators are trying to figure out how the wife of a veteran City of Miami officer became trapped inside his police SUV. She died after possibly being trapped inside that vehicle for several hours, police said. Miami police confirm Officer Aristides Paulino was assigned to the SUV that Paulino died inside. Neighbors said Officer Paulino typically parked on the side of his Miami Shores home. At some point after his shift, his wife went out to the back of that police SUV and got trapped inside.
17-year-old accused of trafficking teenage girl for sex in exchange for cash, drugs
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. A 17-year-old boy is facing serious charges after authorities said he sold a 14-year-old girl on social media for sex in exchange for cash and drugs. The State Attorneys Office said the teenage girl had run away from home weeks before she was trafficked by Javier Quintero. The teen said Quintero told her she could make $250 an hour by performing sexual acts with men in exchange for money. The girl told detectives that she would have up to five dates in one day. Authorities said Quintero provided the teen with a variety of drugs, as well, including MDMA, cocaine, marijuana and Percocet.
Chief to Justice for Breonna Taylor protest organizer: If you want to be arrested, we will accommodate you
MIAMI Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina released a statement and two videos on Monday targeting Noura Fahmy, a Black Lives Matter protest organizer in Miami. Colina used a video on Twitter to send Fahmy a message: If you want to be arrested, we will accommodate you. She was walking with her signs & officers arrested her, Crump wrote on Twitter. They are standing in front of moving traffic for the purposes of being arrested, Colina said. Colina released police bodycam video showing Fahmy was a repeat offender.
Miami Beach police chief refutes protestors claims of a targeted arrest
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. The Miami Beach Police Chief addressed the arrest of a protester which has generated mounting criticism against his department. He is releasing video trying to discredit this protesters claims. Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina uploaded a video statement to social media Monday, responding to a loud and chaotic arrest of protesters that was caught on camera last week and went viral. The chief said protesters were arrested for obstructing traffic, providing city camera video to prove it. But Chief Colina, who also provided video of Fahmy being arrested two days earlier for the same reason, says his officers are the ones being targeted.
Black officers defend Chief Jorge Colina from MCPBA allegation
MIAMI Cherise Gause made history in September when she became the Miami Police Departments first Haitian-American woman to serve as an assistant chief. RELATED LINK: Police association wants Miamis top cop replaced, but not everyone agreesMiami Mayor Francis Suarez said there has been a long personal dispute between some MCPBA members and Colina. Our department has the most number of high-ranking African-Americans in its history, Suarez said. Since he became chief, the department claims he has promoted 24 people 10 of whom are Black, 12 Hispanics and one white. I just find it utterly appalling that anybody on the department could look at the way the chief has led our department and think of him as a racist, Major William Cook said.
Downtown Miami protest disrupts traffic on I-95, I-395, Brickell, Biscayne
MIAMI – Dozens of protesters met Friday afternoon at the Torch of Friendship at Bayfront Park and marched for hours through downtown Miami and Brickell. Protesters march on a ramp from Miami Avenue toward Interstate 95 southbound on Friday evening in downtown Miami. (SKY 10)About 7:45 p.m., the protesters marched on Interstate 95′s southbound ramp from Miami Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard. (SKY 10)Before marching on I-95 and blocking the Brickell Avenue Bridge, they marched peacefully to the Miami-Dade County Courthouse in downtown Miami. (SKY10)As a precaution, Florida Highway Patrol troopers closed I-95 in both directions from Florida State Road 112 to U.S. 1.
Police association wants Miami’s top cop replaced, but not everyone agrees
Last month, Colina released a video message that he posted on Twitter expressing how deeply disturbed he was by the Floyd case. “We don’t want the decisiveness that the MCPBA is pushing,” Major Keandra Simmons of the Miami Police Department said. On Friday, Colina used the video message platform again to put into context racial slurs he used in 1997. This Just In: re: previous tweet 👇 - I have obtained a copy of a video message I am told Miami’s Police Chief Jorge Colina shared via email to the entire department. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said there has been a months long personal dispute between some association members and the chief.
South Florida activists discuss police reform with leaders
MIAMI, Fla. – In one camp, a push for more restrictive "use of force policies" to reduce deadly police encounters. Others are marching, demanding for the defunding and disbanding of police departments entirely and using the money to reinvest in communities. State Representative Donna Shalala hosted a virtual roundtable discussion Wednesday that dealt with these issues about race relations. Join me TODAY for a roundtable discussion on community and police relations. We'll be discussing recent demonstrations across the nation and searching for solutions with community, faith and police leaders.
This Week in South Florida Podcast - May 31, 2020
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. City of Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Stephen Johnson, Chair of Miami-Dade Countys Black Affairs Advisory Board, joined This Week in South Florida podcast to discuss the protests and violence that have come following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Subscribe to the weekly TWISF Podcast on iOS or Android
WATCH: 57 arrests in Miami Saturday night, only 13 lived in the city
MIAMI City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina spoke to the public about the looting and protests that took place Saturday night over the death of George Floyd. Talking about the protest in downtown Miami that started off peacefully on Saturday afternoon then quickly turned into destruction around 7:45 p.m., Colina said that of the 57 people arrested, only 13 lived in the city of Miami. The full press conference can be seen below:Miami mayor & pd chief presser WATCH LIVE: Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Police Chief Jorge Colina hold a press conference at police headquarters. PHOTOS: Miami protest against police brutality turns destructiveSome of those arrested had rocks and marbles in their backpacks. Colina advised protesters that if they see someone breaking the law to not become part of that mob.
Thousands turn out for protest in Miami
MIAMI, Fla. – The protesters walked the streets of Miami starting at 3 p.m. before heading to Interstate 95 where, around 5:45 p.m. Saturday, they entered the interstate and stopped traffic. The protest began around 3 p.m. at the Torch of Friendship on Biscayne Boulevard and was scheduled to end at 6 p.m. Protesters defaced some City of Miami police cars that were parked blocking the interstate, marking them with spray paint. Colina pleaded with Miami protesters to not vandalize the city. The Miami protest was organized at the last minute.
Miami police chief: No training teaches deeply disturbing action killing George Floyd
MIAMI Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina told police officers on Wednesday that there was no training teaching the deeply disturbing tactic a Minneapolis officer used before George Floyd died on Monday. Colina said he stands by Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo for taking swift action after he learned about the deeply disturbing video. He said Floyds death prompted him to meet with the Miami Police executive staff and to warn officers. There is no training across anywhere in this country -- especially here in the city of Miami -- that teaches someone to take that kind of action. Floyds sister, Bridgett Floyd, told NBCs Today and Floyds cousin Tera Brown told CNN that prosecutors need to charge the officers with murder.
Miami police chief tests positive for coronavirus
MIAMI – Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina told officers on Friday Deputy Chief Ron Papier will be replacing him while he recovers from COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus. Deputy Chief Ron Papier (Deputy Chief Ron Papier)It’s unclear if Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in March and recovered, was in contact with Colina and was at risk of reinfection. Miami Police Department Sgt. (Miami Police Department)According to the Florida Department of Health, Miami is the city with the most COVID-19 cases in the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed more 5,300 cases as of Friday night.
Miami mayor adapts to life as COVID-19 patient
MIAMI – Hours after announcing his COVID-19 diagnosis on Friday, Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez said he feels like he has “a little bit of a cold coming on” and he doesn’t have a fever. Suarez’s diagnosis prompted many people to self-quarantine including some Miami commissioners, Miami Chief of Police Jorge Colina and City Manager Arthur Noriega. His father, former Miami Mayor Xavier L. Suarez, and his mother, Rita Suarez, a Sunset Elementary teacher, tested negative for COVID-19. Suarez, a father of two, said he doesn’t know if he was infected when he interacted with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s communications director, Fabio Wajngarten. I mean there were a lot of people ... It’s also possible that it didn’t happen there ... it’s possible that it happened somewhere else,” Suarez said.
City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez tests positive for COVID-19
MIAMI – City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has tested positive for COVID-19, his office confirmed Friday. My message to our residents in light of the news that I have tested positive for COVID-19. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who attended the same event as Suarez, has tested negative for COVID-19. I was informed that I have tested positive for COVID-19. For additional guidelines, visit Floridahealth.gov or call the Health Department at 866-779-6121 or the City of Miami’s COVID-19 call center 305-960-5027.
Miami Leaders Say "Archaic" Nightlife Laws Need to Change for Wynwood
The gathering was intended as a platform for Wynwood business owners, residents, artists, developers, and employees to air their frustrations. Mayor Francis Suarez, Police Chief Jorge Colina, City Manager Art Noriega, and Commissioners Keon Hardemon and Ken Russell also attended. A city attorney backed up Hardemon's decision, but many business owners took it as a slap in the face. Suarez said the business owners need to tone down their "rhetoric." Chief Colina told business owners they would regret it if they didn't come together.miaminewtimes.com
Miami police captain, city manager hot topics of city commission meeting
MIAMI – There's been plenty of City Hall drama in Miami following the sudden resignation of the city manager. Local 10 News reporter Terrell Forney attended Thursday’s city commission meeting as both topics were discussed. Ortiz came under fire after telling commissioners at a recent meeting that he identifies himself as a black male. Carollo also asked at Thursday’s meeting where City Manager Emilio Gonzalez has been. Gonzalez recently resigned following accusations from Carollo that the city manager abused his power by doctoring documents to get a work permit on his home.
Miami-Dade NAACP: It's "Downright Disturbing" That Miami Cop Claims He's Black
Javier Ortiz, stood stone-faced at a lectern at Miami City Hall and claimed he is neither white nor Hispanic but "a black male." After writing he was a white Hispanic man on an application to work for Miami PD, Ortiz in 2014 and 2017 claimed he was black on official paperwork. After the video of Ortiz's speech went viral, the Miami-Dade chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) wrote on Instagram that it was baffled and outraged by Ortiz's comments. But over the weekend, the Miami Times reported that the two officials had discussed Ortiz's comments and that the city was exploring firing the captain. Ortiz, far and away the most controversial and well-known cop in Miami, has for years fended off critics.miaminewtimes.com
‘Bad Boys’ Will Smith, Martin Lawrence named honorary Miami police officers
MIAMI – Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have patrolled the streets of Miami as police officers in the movies, but now the stars have some badges to back them up. The Miami Police Department named Smith and Lawrence honorary officers Monday, as well as giving the stars of “Bad Boys” a key to the city. “They’ve earned their police badges and are always welcome here in Miami,” the department tweeted. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence received the key to the city and were named Honorary police officers by Mayor Francis Suarez and Chief Jorge Colina. They’ve earned their police badges and are always welcome here in Miami.
48 closed-circuit cameras to keep eye on Wynwood
48 closed-circuit cameras to keep eye on WynwoodWritten by Catherine Lackner on October 15, 2019AdvertisementBy the end of the year, a network of 48 closed-circuit cameras and two license-plate readers will help reassure Wynwood revelers, diners, and shoppers that they can go about their business worry-free. If its not safe, people wont come, said Jorge Colina, Miami police chief, speaking to the Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID) meeting Friday. The cameras will be connected to antennas placed around the district and will share a real-time feed into the Miami Police Departments closed-circuit television system. The cameras and license readers are important, but the creation of a Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET) office just for Wynwood has boosted police presence and services. Before, the district shared a NET office with Edgewater.miamitodaynews.com
Miami Cops Covered Up Fatal Motorcycle Chase, Panel Suggests
Later, his fellow bikers claimed their comrade died because Miami cops had been chasing them. She spoke with internal affairs investigators at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center. In a third interview with internal affairs, Gonzalez stated a Miami PD cruiser was "lateral" to the motorcycle when the bike hit the wall. He called it a "very serious violation" of policy and urged the panel to open a separate investigation into internal affairs' conduct. The CIP's Mayer suggested Chief Colina and the department's internal affairs unit be hauled in front of the panel for questioning.miaminewtimes.com
Miami-Dade officials warn public to be safe during Fourth of July celebrations
MIAMI - Miami-Dade officials are reminding the public to be safe while enjoying the holiday weekend. They specifically want guns put away, stressing that celebrations and gunfire dont go hand and hand. "Gun violence continues to plague our community," Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson said. Miami-Dade County commissioners, along with police chiefs, gathered Wednesday in Miami ahead of the holiday weekend, stressing their annual message: "One bullet kills the party." Officials want to make sure guns are put away and members of the community enjoy the Fourth of July peacefully while watching the fireworks.