“Kevin Newcomb”: The local firefighter that wrote a hate text about the “Echy” occurrence and lost his job
On August 15, Detective Cesar “Echy” Echaverry a police officer in Miami-Dade for 5 years was critically injured while trying to stop a robbery suspect. The detective was shot in the head as a result of doing the difficult job of defending our neighborhoods. He was transported to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital where his family stood by his side while he was later taken off life support.
About the incident
Robberies have been rising in Broward County and this one had officers on high alert. At the intersection of NW 62nd Street and 17th Avenue, RID detectives noticed a car connected to an armed robbery. The driver Jeremy Willie Horton was stopped by police, but he refused to exit the vehicle. Horton tried to flee and slammed into the detectives' cars as he sped away.
Who was Detective Cesar “Echy” Echaverry?
The suspect crashed his car into a police cruiser in the Liberty City area, according to a statement released by the Miami-Dade Police Department. Det. Cesar “Echy” Echaverry and Horton were both shot after an altercation escalated into gunfire. Echaverry took a bullet to the head, while Horton was announced dead at the scene.
Detective Cesar “Echy” Echaverry was a member of the RID, or Robbery Intervention Detail, which patrols the county's most dangerous areas. He worked for the Miami-Dade Police Department for five years. According to his acquaintances, he was planning to settle down and get married soon.
“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the untimely passing of Officer Cesar “Echy” Echaverry. Surrounded by loved ones, Echy succumbed to his injuries after a brief battle for his life”, said Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III, Miami-Dade Police Director & Chief of Safety and Emergency Response.
The shooting on Monday August 15 was reportedly not his first close call with death. In March of 2018, when Echaverry was just a rookie, he was in a police cruiser collision that resulted in the death of the 45-year-old driver of the other vehicle.
“Officer Echaverry died in the line of duty while serving and protecting our community. Our law enforcement family will continue to stand beside and support the Echaverry family through this difficult time. We’ll never forget Officer Echaverry’s bravery and sacrifice. Godspeed, brother,” Ramirez said.
The “HATE TEXT” by Kevin Newcomb Ex-City of Miami firefighter
Kevin Newcomb was a firefighter for the City of Miami, until he felt the need to express a lot of pent up frustration in a group chat conversation following the death of the 29-year-old Miami-Dade Detective Cesar Echaverry.
“Who cares? Another dead cop, probably against gun control. They didn't give an [profanity] when kids were dying in that school shooting they stood outside," Newcomb said in a group text. It seemed he was referencing the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where many law enforcement officials were criticized for waiting more than an hour before they confronted the shooter, who by then had killed 19 students and 2 teachers.
Newcomb continued to say that "Cops exist for the government to exercise its monopoly on violence. They want the whole world to stop when one of theirs goes down. How many idiots I had to transport with honor guard their dead bodies from coronavirus because they all were too stupid to wear masks or get vaccinated? All cops are good for is protecting the rich property owners and the status quo. Everything else is a farce. [Profanity] the police."
Joseph Zahralban the Miami Fire Rescue Chief said Newcomb's texts make it "impossible" for him to "carry out his duties as a first responder in the City of Miami".
"We have confirmed that the firefighter in question authored a written statement using a social media platform that demonstrated a disregard for human life, demonstrated a violent and antagonistic stance towards civil servants and represented conduct unbecoming of a Miami Firefighter," Zahralban said in a statement.
Newcomb later apologized for writing the text messages but when news of the messages surfaced he was quickly removed from duty and because of their “unsympathetic” nature he had to be fired.
The rendering of honors for Cesar “Echy” Echaverry
The procession for Cesar Exchaverry were held on August 24 at 10AM from Vior Funeral located at 291 NW 37 Ave. to LoanDepot Park at 501 Marlins Way. The second procession is from LoanDepot Park to Tamiami Executive Airport located at 12800 SW 137 Ave. at 1:30PM where his body will be loaded on to a plane on August 24th, 2022.
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