Published: Sep 06, 2011 4:18 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - The Miami police chief has been suspended from his job and could eventually be removed in a long-running dispute with top city officials.
    
The city manager suspended Chief Miguel Exposito on Tuesday and appointed an interim chief over the 1,100-officer Miami Police Department. The move means Exposito could be fired by the City Commission in days or weeks.
    
City Manager Johnny Martinez wrote in an email to commissioners that Exposito refused to obey orders regarding reducing overtime and personnel moves.
    
Neither Exposito nor his attorney responded immediately to emails seeking comment.
    
Exposito has been embroiled in controversy for months, including claims that Mayor Tomas Regalado interfered with police raids on video gaming parlors. Exposito also faced criticism over a recent series of fatal police shootings of seven African-American suspects.

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