Florida police chief admits to framing innocent Blacks for crimes

Former Biscayne Park Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano (Image Source: LinkedIn Profile)

It is a fact that not everyone in jail committed the crimes for which they are incarcerated. It can come from a variety of issues that this happens but in Biscayne Park, Florida, people should now realize that the police chief may have been responsible.

Former Biscayne Park Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano has admitted to federal prosecutors that he instructed his officers to frame innocent Blacks for a series of crimes. One of his victims was a then 16-year-old teen, identified in court records as “TD.” According to court documents, Atesiano on “three separate occasions” instructed his officers to frame innocent Black suspects. Earlier this year, the Federal government unsealed an indictment against the 11 member police department alleging that the chief and three other employees engaged in a conspiracy to target Blacks with criminal records for unsolved crimes. The motivation behind these racist actions was to make the Sheriff’s Department appear to have a 100 percent clearance rate on home burglaries.

Former officer Anthony De La Torre told internal affairs investigators that Atesiano stated to him and others, “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.”

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle stated to media, “It is a deliberate injustice to intentionally charge and arrest an innocent man. Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano’s actions were intended to give his community a false sense of security and were a betrayal of his oath to protect the residents of Biscayne Park and all the people of Miami-Dade County.”

Atesiano, and the three other officers in the case identified as Guillermo Ravelo, Charlie Dayoub, and Raul Fernandez have now all pleaded guilty and await sentencing in October and November 2018.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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