A former Florida police chief was sentenced to three years in jail Tuesday for framing harmless Black individuals to increase crime-solving statistics in his division, in accordance to HuffPost.
A federal choose sentenced Raimundo Atesiano, 53, for conspiracy to deprive people of their civil rights. Atesiano had served as the pinnacle of Miami-Dade County’s Biscayne Park Police Division.
“Once I took the job, I used to be not ready,” he instructed U.S. District Decide Okay. Michael Moore on Tuesday, the Miami Herald reported. “I made some very, very dangerous selections.”
Moore allowed Atesiano two weeks earlier than reporting to jail to care for his mom, who’s dying of leukemia, in accordance to the Herald.
Atesiano pleaded responsible to the conspiracy cost in September after he charged three suspects with a authorized foundation. He confronted up to 10 years in jail.
Three former Biscayne law enforcement officials, Guillermo Ravelo, Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez, have been sentenced in October for their roles after pleading responsible to civil rights violations.
In accordance to prosecutors, the officers, beneath orders from Atesiano, falsely arrested and charged two Black males and a Black teenage boy with unsolved burglaries. The fees for the boy, 16, have been dropped as a result of the language on arrest affidavits was imprecise, per the Herald.
“Placing an arrest statistic above the rights of an harmless man as an alternative of working to defend all our residents undermines the security objectives of each Miami-Dade police division,” State Lawyer Katherine Fernandez Rundle instructed HuffPost in an announcement. “Miami-Dade’s residents deserve honesty and integrity, qualities that Raimundo Atesiano intentionally failed to ship.”
Ravelo was sentenced to 27 months whereas Fernandez and Davoub have been each sentenced to a 12 months in jail. All three labored with the FBI and state prosecutors to scale back their sentences.
One sufferer has filed a federal lawsuit that accuses Biscayne Park and the previous legislation enforcement officers of violating his civil rights. He spent 5 years in jail for burglaries he was falsely accused of committing, per HuffPost.