‘A slap in the face’


A black female police chief sues Miami Policemen The department and its new director, accused of discrimination.

Last week, Keandra Simmons was demoted from major to lieutenant. Last week, Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo (Art Acevedo) announced in a memo the demotion of her and the other three and other personnel changes. National Broadcasting Corporation 6 Report.

But Simmons, 41, said that her demotion was unfair and there was no reason. She said that the demotion would bring about $60,000 a year in salary cuts.

She told the radio station that she was taking legal action to restore her ranking and also sent a message.

“I represent every black woman, every little girl, and every person who aspires to be something. After all the hard work, commitment and dedication to my career, they are just being laid off. In general , As a black woman, this is a slap,” she said.

On March 15, 2021, when the new Miami Police Chief Acevedo spoke to the media during an introduction at the Miami City Hall, Florida, a police officer had a patch on his shoulder.
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According to NBC 6, Simmons, as a whistleblower, is seeking protection under state law so that she can keep her job in the department.

Her lawyer, Michael Pizzi, claimed that Simmons’ demotion was in retaliation for her statement during an internal affairs investigation of Deputy Commissioner Ronal Papier and his wife, Commander Nari Papier.

The couple were fired in June after a three-month investigation of Commander Papier, because she had a crash involving an SUV issued in her city in April.

according to Miami Herald, After internal affairs investigators concluded that she had omitted important details about what happened, Acevedo decided to fire her. Ron Papier served as acting supervisor for two months before Acevedo took over. Part of the reason for his dismissal was that he did not evade the investigation of his wife.

Pizzi told NBC 6 that all Simmons did was “provide accurate and truthful information to her superiors in accordance with appropriate rules and follow the rules and guidelines.”

The lawyer pointed out that when Acevedo took over in April, he vowed to improve the relationship between the police station and the minority community.

“For Chief Acevedo who came here and immediately demoted and punishes the second-ranked black female official in department history, this is not a cure for this community,” Pizi said.

Pizzi has filed a complaint with the mayor, city manager and police department of Miami on behalf of its client on Monday. Simmons also intends to file a discrimination claim with the federal government.

Simmons, Acevedo and the Miami Police Department have been contacted for comments. The mayor’s office and the city manager have also been contacted for comments.

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