A Miami Gardens police officer will no longer be patrolling the streets as allegations of sexual misconduct against him are investigated.
Officer Deandre Morris, who’s been with the force a little more than a year, was relieved of duty after the department made the initial confirmation that the allegations were against him and turned the matter over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Morris is on administrative leave with pay pending the results of the investigation.
“I wanted to be transparent and I don’t want anything to be said that we didn’t do all we had to do,” Police Chief Antonio Brooklen said. “Those who violate the law will be prosecuted.”
Before joining the Miami Gardens PD, Morris was an officer in the Key West police department for a little more than a year.
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The department hopes to continue to move past an up-and-down 2015 that included the firing of police chief Stephen Johnson after his arrest in a prostitution sting and the fatal police shooting of Lavall Hall, a 25-year-old mentally ill man who attacked officers with a metal-tipped broomstick last February. The officer in the Hall shooting, Eddo Trimino, will face no charges.
Also, earlier this year one of the force’s veteran officers, David Starling, was shot in the leg as he filled out an accident report in his vehicle.
The city recently appointed former Miami-Dade police lieutenant Cynthia Machanic as assistant police chief and moved into new police headquarters earlier this year.