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3 COPS reportedly fired for joking about using black residents for ‘target practice' {VIDEO}

Miami Officers Fired

Three new police officers were fired for making comments on a group chat about using Miami’s primarily black neighborhoods for target practice, a newspaper reported Friday.

Officers Kevin Bergnes, Miguel Valdes and Bruce Alcin were let go on Dec. 23, after an internal affairs investigation concluded that they violated department policies, said the Miami Herald, citing documents it obtained.

The remarks angered local civil rights activists keeping tabs on a department that is currently scrutinized by the U.S. Department of Justice for a pattern of excessive force.

“It’s indicative of the casual conversations and comments that young and even more seasoned police officers are used to making without a lot of repercussions,” said Julia Dawson, an activist who has been part of law enforcement oversight panels in Miami.

The Miami police department confirmed that officers Bergnes, Valdes and Alcin were fired, but did not explain the reasons behind the dismissals.

In a statement Friday, Chief Rodolfo Llanes said an internal affairs investigation found the officers’ actions “inconsistent with the mission and values of our department.”


Attorney Stephan Lopez, who represents the three officers, told The Associated Press that his clients were joking and that the comments were taken out of context. He pointed out that Alcin is African-American and Valdes has a black grandfather.

“They wanted to make an example out of this. But they made an example of the wrong people,” Lopez said. “These guys didn’t shoot anybody. They were clearly joking around. They are kids. You don’t terminate them the day before Christmas Eve.”

The incident happened June 30, when the three officers responded to other rookie colleagues’ questions about shooting ranges in a WhatsApp chat they often used to communicate, the paper said. According to documents obtained by the Herald, the officers-in-training shared department information on that thread.

It said the documents show Bergnes sarcastically suggested the friend looking for a shooting range try a Bank of America, adding “they’ll even give you some cash.” He then suggested Model City — the police district that includes Liberty City and handles the bulk of the city’s shootings — as another location.

Valdes suggested a particular intersection in the Overtown community, according to the paper. It added that Alcin followed up, saying Valdes “wouldn’t understand” until he’s worked there.

The next day, an officer warned them that their words were offensive even though she didn’t think they were racist. “Your words can come back to bite you,” she allegedly wrote.

A sergeant learned of the conversation and ordered one officer to apologize. He also wrote a memo to a lieutenant about the matter, according to the Herald. Internal affairs began an investigation and concluded on Dec. 19 that they broke social media, courtesy and responsibility rules, the paper said.

Lopez, the attorney, said it’s too early to say whether he will file a lawsuit for wrongful termination or negotiate to get their jobs back. The officers were still on probation after being sworn in earlier this year.

Javier Ortiz, president of the police union, said he didn’t agree with the “joking texts” but that it wasn’t enough for dismissal. He said the city manager would “rather focus on text messages than the senseless killings and violent crime.”

The incident came months after the city of Miami agreed to go under supervision of the U.S. Justice Department to reform its policing after a series of police shootings from 2008 to 2011. The agreement followed a report that questioned 33 police shootings, including seven black men and teenagers who were killed in a short time.

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Comment by vaughn mitchell on January 5, 2017 at 11:23pm

they were still on probation, your fired,a lawsuit won't  help.

Comment by sharon hall on January 4, 2017 at 3:59am
I agree with their punishment, but question if they were all white the verdict would've been the same.
Comment by CARIBBEAN QUEEN on January 3, 2017 at 8:32pm

they have spanish names those officers,

i thought they were down with american blacks. oh wait its the other way around black american are up latino asses.

Comment by mssusieqno1 on January 2, 2017 at 10:30pm
Any comment regarding any racial background other than yours promoting violence is grounds for AUTOMATIC DISMISSAL. END OF STORY. The police Union delegate feels that senseless deaths should be focused on instead of social media. Ok, but the comment tells you that eventually one of them will be involved in a shooting of an unarmed man, no matter the race as long as it's not theirs, and will eventually fight jail time. So better to fired them now then when someone may possibly lose their life for it.
Comment by DKNY Promotions on January 2, 2017 at 5:11pm
HNY all! So what if he's black or one has a black grandfather?? That's the type of coons that see wrong doings and don't say anything. They are the same vermin as the bad apples in the Police department. Please smh
Comment by Sandra Fuller on January 2, 2017 at 5:08pm
If these officers were white would they have been fired or would it be overlooked as usual? The ones who have murdered unarmed black men and women are still walking around like they didn't do anything wrong at all! What a joke!
Comment by John Zion on January 2, 2017 at 5:05pm

F*** THEM!!! Now the can do what they do best. Rob banks!!

Comment by mr1stroke on January 2, 2017 at 4:12pm

dont worry just wait for it, its only 2017 which means the weaker you are the more of a victim you will be as time go by, sit down sing the same song, keep marching with no purposes and you will see ho hard times will get, negros are the only one who dont get it, on new years eve alone 7 shootings in Brooklyn look around the other black neighborhoods nothing but shooting, so every other community were too busy partying having fun and celebrating but the niggers were too busy being angry killing each other, why should other people care

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