Javier Ortiz, the controversial Miami Police captain of the SWAT division, has been suspended from the force for claiming that he is Black due to the one-drop rule.
Ortiz, who is of Cuban descent, lied about his race on police documents in 2014 and 2017. At a recent Miami City Commission Meeting, Ortiz confronted the committee and declared he wasn’t Hispanic but Black.
“I’m a black male,” Ortiz stated. “Yes, I am. And I am not Hispanic. I was born in this country. That’s how I feel.”
Ortiz has a history of making problems. He was caught making offensive comments online about a police killing in 2016, arresting former NFL player Jonathan Vilma for bogus reasons during a routine traffic stop in 2009, and falsely accusing and arresting New York Jets player Robby Anderson for shoving him in 2017.
There is an ongoing investigation while Ortiz is suspended with pay. His union, The Fraternal Order of Police, reluctantly say they will back him.
“I am embarrassed and saddened by Javier’s public comments,” said union president Tommy Reyes as published in the Atlantic Black Star. “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.”