Miami Vice: Police accused of robbing drivers

Accused of pulling over drivers and robbing them, a Miami police officer was arrested and charged with one count of armed burglary and one count of armed grand theft on Friday.

“Miami Deputy Police Chief Luis Cabrera said Saturday that Jose R. Acosta, who has been on the force for just under a year, was arrested in a sting operation,” according to a report in Saturday’s Miami Herald.

“The city of Miami Police Department will not tolerate actions that betray the oath of our office as public servants and contradict our duty to serve and protect our communities,” Cabrera told reporters, noting that Acosta was relieved of duty without pay until he is fired.

The arrest of Acosta was a joint effort between Miami police, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the state attorney’s office, Cabrera said.

Lt. Javier Ortiz, president of the Fraternal Order of Police in Miami, said in a statement, “The Fraternal Order of Police commends the outstanding efforts of the MPD Internal Affairs Division in keeping our police department and community safe.”

A full news conference will be held at 2 p.m. Monday.

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