Miami Police Lt. Javier Ortiz, the outspoken head of the city’s cop union, has been temporarily reassigned to desk duty and stripped of his gun, New Times has confirmed. The move came after a judge granted a restraining order to a woman Ortiz allegedly harassed and doxxed online.
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South Florida police departments racially discriminating against a person of color? You don’t say!
The Miami Police Department has long been criticized for mismanagement, including by the U.S. Department of Justice, which found in 2013 that Miami PD was regularly abusing city residents and acting with excessive force including during an eight-month stretch when seven black men were fatally shot.
The City of Miami’s police union is run by a person who once called a dead 12-year-old a “thug,” has publicly called Islam a “religion that enslaves and allows the beating of women,” has been sued multiple times for alleged cases of police misconduct, and habitually posts on social media about how undocumented immigrants bring crime to American cities. Now Javier Ortiz has been reprimanded again for posting a private woman’s personal cell phone number on the internet and encouraging people to call her and yell at her — all because she caught a county cop speeding.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Archuleta’s body camera operated for more than 24 minutes as he worked the scene, and it captured the moment when he discovered a stack of cash topped with a $100 bill. He soon replaced it with a $1 bill and took more than a grand, even though he was recording his own illegal actions. Westword has the story.
Ifoxa Predestin has worked for the City of Miami’s Department of Solid Waste for the past 11 years. His life as a sanitation worker has been full of surprises — some good, some bad. The good: In 2015, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado honored him at a city commission meeting after Predestin used CPR to save a 2-year-old girl’s life on the job.
The bad: This past Monday, Predestin and co-worker Lance Albert McCoy were arrested in the middle of their workday by a city cop, apparently for no good reason — and caught the whole thing on video.
In October 2015, 92-year-old David Garrett called police. He believed someone was taking money out of his investment accounts. Miami Police Officer Johnny Fonseca was dispatched to Garrett’s home, where the elderly, dementia-addled man showed him documents that put Garrett’s assets at more than $1 million.
Fonseca never filed a police report about Garrett’s suspicions. But before the man’s death a couple of months later, the officer did write a will declaring himself executor and sole beneficiary of Garrett’s estate.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Ashby is said to have threatened to put a second bullet into the head of a man who’d already been shot in the face and was accused of arresting a suspect without probable cause, then brutally beating him in a holding cell. And that’s not to mention the crime that led to his conviction for second-degree murder. Westword has the story.
Phillip Garcia Jr. was only celebrating a Houston Rockets win with some drinks and grub at a restaurant called Bombshells in southeast Houston — but he didn’t make it home after an off-duty cop shot him to death in the parking lot.
That’s according to the civil rights lawsuit his parents, Sonia Garcia and Phillip Garcia Sr., are filing against the City of Houston and the officer who killed their son, asking for an unspecified amount of damages.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: An arrest affidavit alleged punishment of Yachik’s teenage daughter that included binding her hands with zip ties, locking her in the laundry room and force-feeding her hot sauce for sins such as eating carrots stored in the family refrigerator. Upon pleading guilty to a single abuse count, he received a sentence that didn’t involve jail time — but now he’s facing between eight years and life in prison. Westword has the story.