Miami firefighter under investigation after reaction to murdered detective Miami-Dade – WPLG Local 10

Miami A Miami firefighter is under investigation Thursday over a public WhatsApp group post in response to the murder of a Miami-Dade police officer.

Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban issued a statement stating that the firefighter has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

“As public safety professionals, police officers and firefighters depend on each other to ensure our mutual safety. It is the foundation of our working relationship and the source of our respect for one another,” Zahralban wrote.

Miami-Dade detective Cesar “Ichi” Echevery, a five-year veteran who was a member of the department’s theft intervention division, was shot in the head while on duty Monday night in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood.

Echevery, who was engaged to marry, died Wednesday at the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was 29 years old.

Amid the grief, the firefighter – known to sources as Kevin Newcomb – decided to publish a series of opinions that angered many.


Newcomb’s talk: “Who cares about another dead cop might be against gun control…the cops are there for the government to exercise its monopoly on violence. They want the whole world to stop when one of them falls…how many idiots have I had to haul their honor-guarded bodies out of.” Corona virus because they were all so stupid that they didn’t wear masks or get vaccinated…it is to protect rich landlords and the status quo. Everything else is a farce. [Expletive] the police.”

Zahrlaban said that was in no way the department’s opinion.

“We continue to stand in solidarity with our law enforcement brothers and sisters, along with the Echevery family and the entire Miami-Dade Police Department during this difficult time,” Zahralban wrote.

The investigation comes after a Miami police officer faced an investigation over his alleged reaction to “Officer Dawn!” On alert after Echvri was shot, police officers rushed to the scene.


“Okay. I tell them they will get another officer if they go at 70 mph near my car,” the officer said, according to a radio transmission recording.

The South Florida Police Benevolent Association released a statement saying the officer’s comment was not a reflection of the Miami City Police Department’s response to the tragedy.

“If it is in fact determined that he is our officer, he will be held accountable for his actions. It is upsetting and disturbing to hear of the lack of attention, compassion and empathy,” a Miami Police Department spokesperson wrote.

The Miami Marlins baseball team has dedicated a shirt with the number nine and the name Echaverry. The Freedom Tower was a brilliant blue in his honor. Half-staff flags were flown. The department was preparing for a procession to transport his body to the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Department on Friday.

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