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A Coral Gables police officer has been taken off the streets as the city’s police department investigates a domestic violence allegation against him, police said Friday.
Officer Manuel Rivero, who has worked on the Coral Gables police force for 17 years, was relieved of duty by Chief Edward J. Hudak Jr. as the investigation, which is both criminal and internal, continues. It was unclear if Rivero would be paid during his leave.
The alleged domestic violence incident occurred in South Miami. South Miami police, working with the Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office, is leading the criminal investigation, Coral Gables police said in a statement. Coral Gables’ Internal Affairs division is investigating Rivero’s use of his marked police car as well.