Now MPD's internal affairs
IA's findings came despite Ortiz offering a ludicrous series of excuses. In interviews with investigators, he admitted he took the photos but claimed he did not know who posted many of the images on his Instagram page. He mentioned his account had been "compromised" or hacked somehow and provided documents showing he changed his password April 25. He even wondered if some of the images had been doctored.
According to Civilian Investigative Panel (CIP) documents, Ortiz as has racked up 34 citizen complaints, one driving complaint, one suspension after a woman filed a temporary restraining order against him, and 18 use-of-force incidents since 2004. Ortiz briefly became infamous nationally after he tried to mount a police boycott of Beyoncé concerts after her Super Bowl halftime performance referenced the Black Panther Party. As Miami Fraternal Order of Police president, he was notorious around the city for his fervent Donald Trump fandom, his repeated defenses of American cops who killed black and brown people in questionable shootings (he called 12-year-old Tamir Rice a "thug"), and his constant tirades against the press, police oversight boards, and police critics in general.
He has been repeatedly sued for alleged beatings and has been accused of lying on sworn arrest affidavits. New Times earlier this year chronicled how Ortiz used his stance as an FOP representative to cut an ad for a Miami anti-aging clinic that dispenses testosterone and human growth hormone-related drugs to customers. He also nearly lost his job after he posted a police critic's contact information online, asked his followers to contact her, and smeared her by accusing her, without evidence, of drunk-driving a boat.
He stepped down as FOP president in 2017 when he was promoted from lieutenant to captain. His best friend, fellow officer Edward Lugo, is now running the FOP, though Ortiz is still an active vice president.
It appears Ortiz will evade punishment for what might be his most boneheaded violation yet: The photos he posted on Instagram clearly show him smiling next to detained individuals. After CIP members slammed him in April and called the incident a "rookie"-
Ortiz offered a
In a second case, Ortiz denied posting an image of a woman handcuffed on the ground with a smiley-face emoji obscuring her identity. He said he "may" have taken the initial photo of the woman but denied adding the emoji. He also said he did not believe there was anything "derogatory" about the image. Investigators didn't buy it.
"The investigation revealed all images in the
But during the internal investigation, Ortiz provided investigators a photograph he claimed showed him wearing the correct name tag later the same day. Investigators quickly deduced the photograph was from a different event. He said he submitted the wrong photo by mistake.
Speaking with New Times earlier this year, Ortiz stressed that the name-tag
“Thanks to the Miami New Times, I don’t really need a name tag anyway because everyone knows me!” Ortiz texted. He added: “I’m proud to be Ortiz, trust me.”