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Miami Police Chief Fights Possible Termination


Suspended Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito filed a lawsuit Wednesday in an attempt to stop his possible termination.

City Manager Johnny Martinez suspended Exposito on Tuesday, citing the fact that Exposito had demoted three officers despite a directive to hold off and saying that Exposito had continued to disregard requests to reduce overtime by restructuring the department.

Exposito can present a case to the city commission, which will make the final determination whether he is fired or reinstated.

The suspended police chief's lawsuit tries to stop two of the five commissioners -- Wilfredo Gort and Francis Suarez -- from voting on the issue, claiming that they have already expressed their opinions.

Gort already was served with the lawsuit, but as of about noon Wednesday, Suarez had not been served yet.

Miami police Maj. Manuel Orosa, a 31-year veteran, is the acting police chief.


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