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North Miami Beach Police Chief on Leave Amid State Probe, Entangled in Family Accusations of Misconduct

North Miami Beach Police Chief on Leave Amid State Probe, Entangled in Family Accusations of MisconductSource: Facebook/North Miami Beach Police Department
Livi Miller
Published on December 08, 2023

The North Miami Beach Police Department's Chief, Harvette Smith, has been placed on paid administrative leave amid an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Details on the nature of the allegations remain under investigation. City Manager Mario Diaz reassured the community, stating, "This investigation does not have anything to do with North Miami Beach police matters," according to Local 10 News.

While the specifics of FDLE's investigation are yet to be confirmed, litigious entanglements involving Chief Smith have emerged. A distant relative, Alona Naylor, accused Smith of stalking and attempted to obtain a protective order against her, as court documents indicate. Naylor's petition was, however, dismissed by a judge who found no just cause.  Adding intrigue, these familial disputes are intertwined with claims of influence peddling at the police department, surrounding an alleged falsified property deed and a phony affidavit reportedly signed within department walls, according to Local 10 News.

Accusations in more than six filings in Miami-Dade County Family Court, such as claims of stalking, harassment, and threats of violence using weapons, have been levied against her by the relative. The words "trained to kill" have been attributed to the chief during an argument, as mentioned in a recent filing obtained by NBC Miami. Despite these serious allegations, the court did not grant the requested restraining order against Smith.

North Miami Beach's law enforcement continues its operations with a deputy chief at the helm.  Diaz said, "It's important for our residents here at NMB to know that their safety is of utmost importance," as reported by NBC Miami. This development follows the politically turbulent special election that witnessed Evan Piper stepping in as mayor after his predecessor was suspended and charged with voting offenses. Chief Smith has not been criminally charged.

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