Former Internal Affairs Director Says Miami Chief Pressured Him To Fire Controversial Cop

The man appointed to run Internal Affairs during former Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo’s tumultuous six-month term claims he was reassigned after the new chief ordered him to back the firing of the city’s most controversial cop.

In a letter sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Juan Antonio Gonzalez and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Commander Brandon Lanier said he conducted two investigations of Capt. Javier Ortiz, a former police union president with a long history of controversies — but cleared him, mainly because in both instances the statute of limitations had expired.

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