Police Instructor Acie Mitchell Plays Role Of Bad Cop On and Off Screen

A muscular, scowling man sits at a dining room table. As he fiddles with a folding knife and puts bullets into a magazine clip, we hear his ominous voice: "Narcotics run Miami. Everyone bossing up trying to be the man and shit. But you know what they say: Don't hate the player; hate the game." The player puts together a handgun as the monologue continues.

"I got the green light on all you bitches. Bitch-ass, punk-ass, wannabe dope boy motherfuckers. I'm gonna kill you, your mama, and anybody else that stand up about it, motherfucker. I write policies in Dade County, nigger!" As he gets up from the table, he pulls out a gold badge from underneath his white T-shirt.

Meet Will Stone, a cop "walking the thin line between law breaker and law enforcer" in an unreleased Miami film called Dope Boys. The aspiring thespian playing Stone is a Miami Dade College School of Justice police training instructor named Acie Mitchell, who doesn't seem to care how his fictional role reflects on his day job training future cops.

Banana Republican emailed Mitchell's bosses -- school of justice director Hector Garcia and basic training director Richard Moss -- to ask if they condoned the instructor's dropping N-bombs and curse words in his performance. Neither one replied.

But Mitchell, who declined to comment, might have bigger problems. According to one of his co-workers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Mitchell injured a student named Derrick Fennelis during a training exercise last week. "He broke the kid's foot in several places," the source says. "The kid came back to school with pins in his foot and in a wheelchair."

The incident follows New Times investigation ("Cop School Stinker," March 17) into allegations that Moss -- a former Broward Sheriff's Office deputy who was demoted from captain to commander -- has abused his position at the academy. In one alleged incident, Moss and Mitchell used ammunition bought by the students and the college for their own personal target practice.

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.