Police Chief Told Officers To Arrest Black People To Boost Crime Stats
A former police chief in Florida had allegedly been forcing officers to frame “anybody black” so that the department could have the best crime stats.
According to records obtained by the Miami Herald high-ranking officers in the Biscayne Park Police Department pressured some officers to make unrelated arrests of random black people in order to better the department’s crime stats.
One officer said,
“’If they have burglaries that are open cases that are not solved yet, if you see anybody black walking through our streets and they have somewhat of a record, arrest them so we can pin them for all the burglaries,’” Officer Anthony De La Torre said he was told. “They were basically doing this to have a 100% clearance rate for the city.”
The department’s chief at the time, Raimundo Atesiano, resigned amid the 2014 investigation into the discrepancies. During his two years at the department, 29 of 30 burglary cases were solved. But in 2015, the rate fell, with not one single burglary case solved.
Atesiano and two of his former officers, Raul Fernandez and Charlie Dayoub have been charged by federal prosecutors last month for violating civil rights. An indictment alleges that they conspired to falsely arrest a 16-year-old juvenile identified only as “T.D.” for four unsolved burglaries that were unrelated to him.
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