Miami’s reform-minded police chief Art Acevedo was officially fired Thursday at a city commissioners meeting, just six months after taking the job.

Acevedo committed a series of gaffes in his short tenure and alienated many rank-and-file officers, the Miami Herald reported. He did, however, retain support from the city’s Black police officers’ union.

“The department was and continues to be in need of reform. I lament the fact that I do not have the opportunity to continue serving,” Acevedo said outside City Hall Thursday night, according to the Herald.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez hired Acevedo in April to much fanfare. Acevedo had previously led departments in Houston and Austin, Texas.

But things went sideways almost immediately in Miami. Acevedo clashed with highly-ranked officers at Miami PD, and numerous officers testified Thursday at City Hall to criticize Acevedo, the Herald reported.

Acevedo’s biggest mistake was referring to a “Cuban Mafia” in Miami city government. The city’s large Cuban population and many Cuban cops didn’t appreciate the comment. Acevedo himself is Cuban-American and was born in Havana.

“I really regret making that comment, but it wasn’t malicious, wasn’t intended to hurt anyone,” he told the Washington Post.

Acevedo also angered city commissioners when he accused them of interfering with an internal affairs investigation. City Manager Art Noriega informed Acevedo of his suspension and likely termination on Monday, saying he had lost the trust of the force.

“The chief, unfortunately — this I think is a critical part of it — he never allowed himself as someone not from this community to come in and earn the trust,” Noriega said Thursday night, according to the Herald.

Manny Morales, who had pursued the top job before Acevedo’s hiring, was sworn in as interim chief.

Mayor Suarez, who hyped up Acevedo’s hiring by calling him “the best chief in America,” did not attend Thursday’s meeting.

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