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Miami Beach cop Eliut Hazzi fired in Harold Strickland gay bashing case to get his job back

BY DAVID SMILEY, DSMILEY@MIAMIHERALD.COM

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.

“He’s very eager to get back to work and put this all behind him,” said police union president Sgt. Alejandro Bello, who spoke to Hazzi last night.

Hazzi and Officer Frankly Forte came under scrutiny after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the officers and the city in 2010 on behalf of a California tourist who said the plain-clothes officers wrongly arrested him almost a year earlier.

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Finally some good news. I never believed the arrested witness's bogus story.

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