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City of Miami fires notorious police captain after years of controversy

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C.M. GUERRERO EL NUEVO HERALD
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The Miami Herald
Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz shows a “Restore Our Benefits” T-shirt before marching to Miami City Hall on March 27, 2014, to protest.

Javier Ortiz — a controversial Miami cop who has wielded social media as a hammer against perceived enemies, skated past accusations of excessive force for over a decade and has been suspended for more than a year — was fired Tuesday.

Reached at City Hall Tuesday, Miami Police Chief Manny Morales said the 18-year veteran, and former three-term president of the city’s police union, was terminated “based on his pattern of behavior and his failure to maintain a good moral character.”

Ortiz attorney Griska Mena said her client received a reprimand signed by Morales earlier Tuesday that said the officer had been terminated over what sounds like paperwork technicality. It accused the police captain of incorrectly submitting off-duty time-sheets to the wrong supervisor, she said.

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.