The former police chief and two officers in Biscayne Park have been charged federally for framing a 16-year old in four unsolved burglaries in the area. Federal prosecutors say the motive was an attempt by the officers and police chief to keep a perfect score on the small towns crime statistics.
The Miami Herald (@miamiherald) reports, federal prosecutors say former police chief Raimundo Atesiano and two police officers, acting under his authority, lied about the arrest to garner praise from the tiny towns’ elected leaders for their “crime-solving” skills.
Atesiano surrendered to aurhorities on Monday and was charged with two counts of violating the teens’ civil rights. He was granted a $50,000 personal surety bond that was co-signed by his wife. The other cops, Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez were issued summonses and are scheduled to make their first court appearances later this month. They face the same charges as Atesiano.
The tiny Biscayne Park police department has a total of 11 full-time officers…..and at least 3 are suspected of framing suspects, or at least have allegedly framed a suspect once.
“That’s not the way things are done in Biscayne Park. This was five years ago. We have a different manager and a different police chief” said Biscayne Park Village Manager, Krishan Manners.