A police aide in Florida has been reassigned after allegedly saying a black sergeant looked “like a monkey,” in response to a report.
Pablo Espinoza, a public service aide for the Miami-Dade Police Department, has been positioned on administrative duties pending the tip results of an investigation for purportedly making the racial slur all through a state Department of Motor Vehicles listening to in September, the Miami Herald evaluations.
An authorized skilled for Miami-Dade Schools Police Sgt. Tracy Moore said Espinoza made the comment in reference to his shopper as she sat in a prepared house all through listening to seek out out whether or not or not she would maintain her driver’s license after being arrested for drunk driving in July.
“Your client looks like a monkey sitting there,” Espinoza said, authorized skilled Michael Catalano recalled, together with that he was stunned by the unprovoked remark.
“I was shocked,” Catalano suggested the newspaper. “Nobody talks like that in 2019.”
Catalano later suggested Moore regarding the slur, nonetheless, the officer, who’s black, did not confront Espinoza by the executive listening to, the authorized skilled said.
Instead, Catalano ordered Espinoza to apologize inside two hours, saying he would “drop” your complete ordeal if most of the people service aide admitted to creating the comment.
“I was disgusted by that and they have a video in the hallway,” Catalano wrote in a textual content material message. “Apologize and we drop it.”
Espinoza replied with an apology and indicated that he considered the matter “done,” nonetheless Catalano later circled once more to the allegation all through an Oct. 7 deposition throughout the authorized case in opposition to Moore, the newspaper evaluations.
“My client and I are very upset about this,” Catalano wrote in a criticism a day later to Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez. “My client wants PSA Espinoza fired immediately.”
Espinoza, who handles repairs for Breathalyzer devices, recurrently testifies at administrative and authorized hearings, nonetheless simply is not a sworn officer, the Herald evaluations.
“I can’t talk to you, bro,” Espinoza suggested the newspaper when reached by cellphone. “You know that.”
Department officers confirmed in an assertion to The Post on Tuesday that Espinoza had been reassigned pending an interior investigation.
“The Miami-Dade Police Department takes all complaints seriously and is committed to the highest performance standards and ethical conduct,” the assertion said. “We hold ourselves accountable for our actions and take pride in a professional level of service and fairness to all.”