MIAMI – Former police chief Art Acevedo is suing the City of Miami after his firing last October.
The federal suit dated Wednesday names the city, City Manager Art Noriega and Commissioners Joe Carollo, Alex Diaz de la Portilla and Manolo Reyes.
Acevedo, 57, claims they violated his first amendment rights and retaliated against him after he reportedly uncovered wrongdoing at city hall.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has recused herself from the probe into corruption claims against elected Miami officials that were made last year by Acevedo, documents obtained Tuesday by Local 10 News show.
The governor then turned over the “executive assignment” to Broward State Attorney Harold Pryor on Dec. 17.
Acevedo was Houston’s top cop before the City of Miami hired him as their new police chief last year with great fanfare.
His rocky tenure ended when Noriega recommended his termination in October and the city commission voted to follow through with that action.
Acevedo garnered support from advocates of police reform in his brief time in Miami but clashed with commissioners and other city leaders.
The recommendation for his removal cited reasons that included morale issues in the department, off-color remarks, missteps in reporting car damage and vacation time, and issues with an unauthorized hire.