Biscayne Park (WTFF) A former police chief and two officers have been charged with falsely pinning four burglaries on a teenager just to impress village leaders with a perfect crime-solving record.
The Miami Herald broke this story and wrote a detailed article about the events that took place.
Records indicate that Biscayne Park’s former police chief Raimundo Atesiano pressured officers into targeting random black people to close unsolved cases.
One cop said “they were basically doing this to have a 100% clearance rate for the city,” stating that Atesiano 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.”
The report described a department run like a dysfunctional frat house. Drinking on the job. Financial shenanigans. Racist, sexist insults. Pretty much everything Florida Man does.
Another one, Captain Lawrence Churchman was quoted as using racial, homophobic, and gender slurs. His disdain for minorities also was “common knowledge,” said police officer Thomas Harrison. He said in his report:
“The captain has said on several different occasions he doesn’t want any niggers, faggots, or women bitches working at Biscayne Park.”
Basically a bunch of corruption, abuse of power, extreme chauvinism, and racism, enabled by the “good old boy club” mentality. This is why people say “fuck the police.” Because we know shit like this happens. It’s not even surprising when we see it in the news. Even worse, nobody really gets in trouble for it. Still we should report on it, and remind law enforcement that the public is watching. While very few in power are held accountable for their actions, times are changing. Because of cameras and the internet, we can finally have a little more insight. Bad cops are obsolete. Let’s systematically sever them from their law enforcement positions. Speak out against injustice. Nobody is above the law.
Also, The Hill, in case you reached a Miami Herald pay wall.