A Miami Beach police officer fired last year for his role in an alleged gay bashing case is getting his job back.
Eliut Hazzi was one of two officers accused of beating a handcuffed gay man in South Beach’s Flamingo Park in 2009 and then arresting a witness. He was fired last year during a tumultuous summer for the department, but fought to get his badge back and won a case Tuesday before an independent arbitrator.
Prosecutors said there wasn’t enough evidence to press charges against Hazzi and Forte. But police brass and senior city officials fired the officers last summer, saying an internal affairs investigation showed overwhelming proof that the men abused their positions and falsified police reports.
The union, on the other hand, argued that the officers were fired because of pressure from the gay community and political fallout from an officer’s drunken July 3 ATV crash on South Beach., with a bachelorette in tow...