Miami Cop Suspended After Telling City Commission He Identifies As Black

Sandy Malone

Miami Police Captain Javier Ortiz was suspended a week after he told city commissioners that he was black.

Miami, FL – An outspoken, Hispanic Miami police captain who told city council members that he was black has been suspended pending an investigation (video below).

Miami Police Captain Javier Ortiz, the police department’s former SWAT team commander, has been notorious for controversial social media posts over the years that infuriated police and city officials, the Miami Herald reported.

But Capt. Ortiz may have taken things a step too far when he declared himself a black man on Jan. 17 to city commissioners who were meeting to hear grievances by the leaders of the city’s black police union.

Community Police Benevolent Association President Stanley Jean-Poix used Capt. Ortiz as an example while talking to commissioners about the mistreatment of black officers by the department and a lack of promotions, the Miami Herald reported.

Jean-Poix pointed to Capt. Ortiz’s rise through the ranks of the Miami Police Department despite having a multitude of complaints and having claimed to be black on two promotion exams.

Commission Chairman Keon Hardemon gave Capt. Ortiz, who was present, the opportunity to respond to the union leader’s assertions.

Capt. Ortiz, who is the former president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), stood up said the characterization of him as a “Latin” man was incorrect.

“I’m a black male. Yes I am. And I am not Hispanic. I was born in this country. That’s how I feel,” Capt. Ortiz told the assembled commissioners.

Hardemon asked the captain what he had said he was when he applied to the police department and Capt. Ortiz conceded that he’d described himself as a Hispanic male.

However, he said in the video that was before he learned that there were people in his family who were mixed.

“Let’s not talk about the degree of blackness,” Hardemon went to cut him off.

“Oh no, you’re blacker than me,” Capt. Ortiz replied in the video. “That’s obvious. And if you know anything about the one-drop rule which started in the 20th century – which is what identifies and defines what a black male is or a negro – you’d know that if you have one drop of black in you, you are considered black.

“You’re probably black too,” he told a white city commissioner.

“Nobody sent me here. Nor did the city manager. I am my own man," he said.

"Right. And you’re your own black man, I know,” a commissioner replied.

"Yes,” Capt. Ortiz replied. “So now I’m being attacked.”

He then informed the commissioners that half of his family was Jewish right before they told him that his time was up.

“Mr. Ortiz claimed that he was a black, now we hear Jewish black. I’m afraid maybe next month he’ll be a black Jewish woman,” one of the commissioners joked.

Capt. Ortiz has been annoying city leaders for years, including his time as president of the FOP, the Miami Herald reported.

In 2016, he famously announced that Miami police were boycotting Beyoncé’s performance at Marlins Park after she made an anti-police music video.

The captain also previously criticized the city’s highest-ranking female officer, who is Muslim, for not putting her hand over her heart during the Pledge of Allegiance, according to the Miami Herald.

Black community leaders also objected to his comments on the police-involved shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland or his open support of former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson during the riots over his shooting of Michael Brown.

The local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) chairman sent a letter to the police chief, the city commission, and the mayor after Capt. Ortiz’s outburst at the city commission meeting, the Miami Herald reported.

Ruben Roberts called the captain’s remarks to the commission “racially and culturally insensitive, disturbing and untrue.”

“Ortiz’s behavior is a stain on the city of Miami and especially to the officers who work arduously to perform their sworn task to protect and serve in a fair and impartial way,” Roberts wrote. “The Miami-Dade branch calls for Capt. Javier Ortiz immediate dismissal for his reckless behavior as a city of Miami police officer.”

Miami Deputy Police Chief Ronald Papier announced on Jan. 22 that Capt. Ortiz had been suspended with pay “pending an investigation,” the Miami Herald reported.

However, Chief Papier declined to go into any detail about what they were investigating.

Capt. Ortiz’s latest antics may have crossed the line even for his own police union, the Miami Herald reported.

“I am embarrassed and saddened by Javier’s public comments,” current FOP President Tommy Reyes said. “He can identify however he’d like, but I do not believe he is a black male. Ultimately, when the time comes it will be up to our members if he will receive representation.”

Reyes said he couldn’t guarantee that the former FOP president would have union backing this time, the Miami Herald reported.

Watch the captain’s statement to the commission in the video below:

Comments (29)
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Amitzah Mitzvah
Amitzah Mitzvah

Here are the medical and religious (until adult when religion becomes optional) rules of identification:
When baby is born: if baby has a penis baby is a boy.

When baby is born: if baby has a vagina baby is a girl.

Whatever mom's ethnicity, that us what ethnicity baby is. I asked why when I was in class. I was told, Daddy maybe, momma,a baby. Said specific parent's ethnicity choose a her religion and teaches the children).

They were right for firing the guy. He sounds like a spring inside a watch that has been wound way too tight.

Ferret guy
Ferret guy

This is NOT his fault. Blame it on the aliens that abducted him and did a brain scan that fried most of his brain cells. How does someone this retarded get the rank of captain in any police department ???

Aramovich
Aramovich

No worse than Presidential candidates who claim to be Native American. ;-)

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Race and ethnicity should be removed from every federal, state and local government form, and every college application.

It's irrelevant information and can only be used to discriminate against people based upon how they were born.

All that matters are things like qualifications, character, if you are law-abiding, and if you are a legal resident.

floridacop
floridacop

under this man's theory I need help determining what I am. I have the following: black, white, scottish, irish, italian, and american indian. What do I mark because they don't have Heinz 57 as a race

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I knew something like this was bound to happen!!!

RunCop
RunCop

This copper is great

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

I bet if he claimed to identify as a lesbian it would have been ok

Sargejh
Sargejh

Sounds like he needs psychological evaluation.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Why is he suspended? he isn't saying he's black, he's "identifying" as black; there is a difference. He has black people in his family. Does he have any physical characteristics of a black person? no; however, if men can identify as women, and women can identify as men, and need to be treated as such according to the law (and physical characteristics aren't a requirement), then there is nothing stopping him from identifying as black.

In fact, he should be suing the city in federal court for discrimination, because they are retaliating against him because he is identifying as a protected class.

Raymelson
Raymelson

Anyone can say they identify as a horses ass if they want to but no one can change what they really are a real man has a dick a real woman has a pussy also you can cut off your dick but you're still a Male also you see up your pussy but your still a female so suck up snow flakes an enjoy what you are because you can't change nothing

Stanracer
Stanracer

The guy's a nutjob. He should be shown the door.

NomonK
NomonK

Does the ONE DROP RULE apply to idiots as well.

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

It's what the PC snowflakes caused. There push for your identity is what you feel it to be. I guess with there Socialist/Communist look at it is the your decision must agree with theirs.

Woobie46
Woobie46

WTF???? The ignoramus who is the pres of the FOP now is saying they may not get him representation from a lawyer?????????????? What kind of anti-cop FOP leader is this guy? ALL cops should get representation by the attorneys on retainer for just such a purpose. This should not be up for debate. This isn't a criminal proceeding...I hope the members vote the slob OUT and get a REAL cop as leader!!!!

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

I wanted to identify as a Rottweiler but nobody believed me !!!!!

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Whenever I hired it was on the basis of character and qualifications. Even if you didn’t necessarily possess the qualifications, if you had the character, you were open to training. I could have given two rats if you identified as green!

Of course back then we didn’t have all these problems ya’ll are having now. Men were men, women were women and both sexes knew which bathrooms to use.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@Cduncanf a black lesbian would have been better

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

GOOD FOR HIM! So how many BLACK ancestors do you have to have in order for your BLACK LIFE to MATTER? How DARK does your skin have to be? And I think the Commissioner who said that next week he will claim to be a "Black Jewish woman" should be DISMISSED and charged with a HATE CRIME. According to the Socialist members of our federal and state governments IT IS LEGAL TO CLAIM TO BE ALL THOSE THINGS, and YOU ARE A HATER TO DOUBT THE CLAIM.


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