The Dinner Key theater came to an end with Acevedo's abrupt firing in October.
But CNN returns this week with the sequel, having hired the ex-police chief as a law enforcement analyst.
"I've been really reflecting about how I can continue to lift my voice to be a voice of reason and a voice on how to move criminal justice and policing forward," Acevedo tells New Times in a phone conversation. "I look forward to a positive partnership with CNN in the upcoming weeks, months, and hopefully years."
Acevedo should feel comfortable in the spotlight; he's held high-profile gigs throughout his career in law enforcement, leading the California Highway Patrol, Austin Police Department, and Houston Police Department as chief before coming to Miami. The New York Times has called him a "celebrity police chief," and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez at one time deemed him the "Tom Brady" and "Michael Jordan" of police chiefs.
On Tuesday night, Acevedo announced his new role in a tweet after having joined The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer for a segment on rising homicide rates across the U.S. on the nine-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.
Blitzer asked Acevedo what he believes it will take to prevent gun violence in the nation's schools. "Both sides need to come to the middle on gun policy and on violent criminals and bail policy," Acevedo responded. "Or else we are not going to see this get better anytime soon."
Several journalists, including former Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham, took to Twitter to blast Acevedo's CNN appearance. The recently minted Substack pundit cited the career cop's thorny tenure in Houston and mocking his "keen insights."
Sure Acevedo tried to cover up a botched no-knock raid that killed two innocent people and sure, he has been accused of distributing nudes of an officer he was sleeping with, but consider this: who else can deliver keen insights like "Both sides need to come to the middle?" https://t.co/iq62z5SERn— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) December 15, 2021
Acevedo forged a national reputation as a progressive-leaning pro-reform police officer, despite being a registered Republican. He has been criticized for his handling of a 2019 no-knock Harding Street raid in Houston, past allegations of sex-related misconduct, and appearances on The Alex Jones Show.
Art Acevedo presided over Houston’s narcotics operation where his officers falsified docs & framed people, including a couple who cops killed during a no-knock raid in 2019.— Billy Binion (@billybinion) December 15, 2021
He used to be a regular on the Alex Jones show.
He is now CNN’s new “law enforcement analyst.” Amazing. https://t.co/xiB6OYe8DI
"At the end of the day, with 35 years of service, you're always going to have critics," Acevedo says of the continued scrutiny. "And you can't focus on the critics."