The Miami Police Department has issued an unusual ultimatum to one of its officers: Leave your husband or lose your job.
The officer, who has 21 years of service on the force, has run afoul of a department policy prohibiting officers from associating “in any manner whatsoever with known offenders, known criminals, prostitutes, or persons of ill repute.”
The officer’s husband was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping in 1988 after the birth of their second child, and was released from prison in 2002. They married shortly afterward.
The officer served an 80-hour suspension and faces a civil hearing.
The NAACP is fighting the policy and is seeking reinstatement of a number of officers who have been fired because of it. Other police departments, including Miami-Dade and Broward County, have similar policies.