Captain Javier Ortiz is one of the most controversial police officers around. He is notorious for defending police officers accused to unfairly targeting Black “thugs,” but recently he has begun identifying as a Black man himself, allegedly in order to get promoted more quickly, and citing the one drop rule when questioned about his race. He recently presented his case in front of commissioners.
#BREAKING: @MiamiPD Capt. @OrtizFOP tells city commission "I am a black male" after he was caught lying about his race on 2014 lieutenant's exam and 2017 captain's application — his original MPD application says he's white Hispanic #BecauseMiami
Chairman Keon Hardemon wanted to get to the bottom of this.
Hardemon: “I have a question for you. So you classify yourself today as a black male?”
Hardemon: “When you applied for the police department, did you classify yourself as a black male or a white male at the time?”
Ortiz: “I think I put white male. Well, I know I put white male, but I don’t know if I put Hispanic. Listen, I know who I am but it’s also …”
Commissioner Joe Carollo: “You put down Hispanic male.”
Ortiz: “Okay, as a man I stand by it.”
Carollo: “When did you have this, uh, you know, uh, coming to with God moment that you were black? When did God tell you that?”
Ortiz: “Well, I learned that there’s some people in my family that are mixed and that are black.”
Carollo: “I see.”
Hardemon: “Let’s not talk about the degree of blackness.”
Ortiz: “Oh, no, you’re blacker than me, that’s obvious. And if you know anything about the one-drop rule, which started in the 20th century, which is what identifies and defines … what a black male is, or a negro, you would know that if you have one drop of black in you, you are considered black.”
Ortiz told Carollo: “You are probably black too, Joe.”
Ortiz then went on to claim: “Half of my family is Jewish, you probably didn’t know that either.”
Ortiz was dismissed by the commissioners after five minutes and Carollo offered his thoughts.
Mr. Ortiz claims that he’s, uh, black. Now we hear Jewish black. I’m afraid maybe next month it will be, you know, a black Jewish woman. I don’t know.”
Apparently the commission is not up-to-date on how race and gender identity are now fluid.
This is most definitely not the first time Ortiz has come under fire. According to the Miami New Times:
Ortiz is far and away the most controversial cop in Miami: As the former head of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police from 2011 to 2017, he fought police oversight at every turn, praised Donald Trump constantly, and spent his free time on Twitter defending cops who’ve killed black people. He once drew demonic eyes and teeth on a mugshot of a black defendant. He also infamously tried to start a nationwide Beyonce boycott after claiming her 2016 Super Bowl performance was anti-police. (The boycott didn’t take off, clearly.) He’s tweeted to support the officers around the country who’ve shot and killed Michael Brown, Alton Sterling, and, most insanely, 12-year-old Tamir Rice, whom he called a “thug.”
Ortiz nearly lost his job in 2017 after he doxxed a police critic who’d complained about an officer driving at dangerously high speeds. Ortiz posted the woman’s personal contact information online — the woman, Claudia Castillo, then obtained a temporary restraining order against Ortiz. Ortiz was then taken off of the street until a judge lifted the stay-away order.
Ortiz’s recent comments were the final straw for many in the Black community, who have long had “bad blood” with the police officer.
Miami-Dade County NAACP President Ruban Roberts told WPLG:
He’s had over 50 investigations for the CIP, which is the police oversight committee. He’s had over 14 internal investigations. He’s been suspended. He has harassed people in the community. For him to make the assertion that he’s black and not Hispanic, is an outright lie and as a law enforcement officer he should be standing for truth and representing truth.”
They are also upset that this “White hispanic” man is getting the affirmative action promotions that are supposed to go to the more deserving Black folks.
Although city spokesperson Michael Vega would not release the reason why, he did announce that Captain Ortiz has been suspended with pay.
We can confirm that Captain J. Ortiz has been relieved of duty with pay.”
Not only is suspending Captain Ortiz racist, as he has Black blood, it’s also anti-semitic, since he has jewish family members. When will the ADL be getting involved to help this cop receive due justice?