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John Jenkins Jr. biography: 13 things about Miami-Dade police lieutenant

John A. Jenkins Jr. (©Miami-Dade Police Department)

John A. Jenkins Jr. is an African-American man from Florida, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He and his wife Silvia Jenkins have five children. (a)
  2. He earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Miami-Dade County, Florida and his master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. (a)
  3. In 1996, he joined the Miami-Dade Police Department. He moved to union leadership after working in the department’s public information office. (b)
  4. On February 16, 2015, he described to the media the events of a crash in Miami-Dade County on February 15, 2021, which involved a man who shot himself after shooting his former girlfriend in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida. (c)
  5. In 2018, he was selected as the executive vice president for the South Florida Police Benevolent Association (PBA). He is the first African-American person to hold the position. (d)
  6. In 2019, he supported a suspended Miami-Date Police Department officer outside police headquarters. (b)
  7. In March 2021, he and 11 others were elected as new active members of the Orange Bowl Committee. When he joined the committee, he was a member of several groups including the Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police, the 100 Black Men of South Florida, the 5000 Role Models, the Two Hundred Club of Greater Miami, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and Latin Builder Association, Inc(a)
  8. From April 24-26, 2021, he attended the 13th Annual Palm Beach County PBA Officer’s Ball in Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach County. As a lieutenant, he paid $2,500 for a four-seat table at the event. (b)
  9. He is accused of sexually assaulting a woman while he was off-duty on April 25, 2021 in Palm Beach Gardens. (e)
  10. After being accused of sexual assault on April 26, 2021, he resigned as the South Florida PBA executive vice president and he was suspended with pay. (d)
  11. He as 50 years old when he was arrested on May 7, 2021. He was arrested and booked into a Palm Beach County jail. He was charged with two counts of sexual battery. His bond was set for $10,000 and he was prohibited from having contact with the alleged victim. (d) (f) (g)
  12. On May 8, 2021, his lawyer Heidi Perlet said on April 26, 2021, a married woman invited him to her hotel room after a day of partying and drinking at a PBA event. The lawyer asserted that it may be poor judgment but is certainly not rape. (d)
  13. He is expected to appear in court on June 7, 2021. (e)



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