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Miami police captain suspended after claiming he's black


Added 01-23-20 11:18:02am EST - “"I am a black male," Captain Javier Ortiz said. "Yes, I am. And I am not Hispanic."” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Miami police captain suspended after claiming he’s black”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Hispanic police captain in Miami has been suspended for claiming he was a “black male” during a city commission meeting, department officials said.

Javier Ortiz was “relieved of duty with pay” on Wednesday pending an investigation, a police department spokesman confirmed to The Post.

Ortiz, who previously oversaw the department’s SWAT operations, is expected to be off the force indefinitely, Deputy Police Chief Ronald Papier told the Miami Herald.

Papier refused to indicate why Ortiz is being investigated, but the development follows Ortiz’s comments on Friday at a city commission meeting during which he claimed he was black instead of Hispanic while addressing allegations of discrimination within the police department.

“I am a black male,” Ortiz said, according to the Herald. “Yes, I am. And I am not Hispanic.”

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