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Art Acevedo as Houston police chief. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Miami City Manager Art Noriega has suspended Police Chief Art Acevedo “with the intent to terminate his employment," Miami Herald reports.

The big picture: Noriega wrote that Acevedo's relationship with his department "has become untenable and needed to be resolved promptly. In particular, the relationship between the Chief and the Police Department he leads — as well as with the community — has deteriorated beyond repair."

  • "Relationships between employers and employees come down to fit and leadership style and unfortunately, Chief Acevedo is not the right fit for this organization," Noriega continued.

Driving the news: Acevedo's six-month tenure is ending after a pair of raucous public hearings on Sept. 27 and Oct. 1, during which commissioners questioned Acevedo's behavior as chief and comments he made describing the department as being run by the "Cuban mafia."

  • The police chief, who previously ran departments in Houston and Austin, had received national media attention for his calls to reform policing nationwide in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in 2020.
  • He had clashed with city commissioners who he accused of trying to interfere with reform efforts and an internal investigation.

What he's saying: “I promise to continue the good fight to rid MPD [Miami Police Department] of political interference from City Hall that unfortunately continues to negatively impact this organization,” Acevedo wrote to colleagues shortly before his suspension was announced, per the Herald.

What's next: Assistant Police Chief Manny Morales will become interim chief as the city looks for someone to fill the role permanently.

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NYC firefighters union urges members to defy mayor's vaccine mandate

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

The president of New York City's firefighters union told reporters Wednesday that he's advised unvaccinated members to ignore Mayor Bill de Blasio's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers, per Reuters.

Why it matters: Under de Blasio's order that's due to take effect Friday, unvaccinated city employees would be placed on unpaid leave. But Uniformed Firefighters Association head Andrew Ansbro said he told members that "if they choose to remain unvaccinated, they must still report for duty," according to Reuters.

Economy slows in third quarter amid Delta variant

Data: FRED; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. economy increased at an annual rate of 2% in the third quarter, the Department of Commerce said Thursday.

Driving the news: The gross domestic product figures for July through September come in much lower than the 6.7% increase in the second quarter, reflecting the "continued economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic," according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the Department of Commerce.

Top Dem says Big Oil put Earth on "brink" of catastrophe

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Don't expect a sedate House hearing Thursday on allegations that Big Oil has intentionally sown doubt about climate change.

What they're saying: "For far too long, Big Oil has escaped accountability for its central role in bringing our planet to the brink of a climate catastrophe. That ends today," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, intends to say in her opening remarks shared with Axios.