MIAMI — A rookie Miami cop has been arrested on charges that he was shaking down motorists he had pulled over.
Jose R. Acosta had only joined the City of Miami police department in May 2016, but had quickly betrayed the oath of office, allegedly robbing drivers he threatened after pulling them over, officials said.
“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,” Deputy Police Chief Luis Cabrera said.
Acosta was arrested Friday in a sting operation, police said.
The 21-year-old was taken into custody and charged with burglary and grand theft and was released on bond on Saturday.
Cabrera said Acosta was suspended without pay pending his dismissal from the force.
The bust marks the second recent black eye for the Miami police department. In December, three rookie officers were fired for joking on online chat forum about going to black neighborhoods for target practice.
The department was placed under Justice Department supervision last year following a high number of questionable shootings by police over the course of several years.