Former Florida Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano and two police officers are facing prison time for the unethical practice of arresting anyone black to improve their crime stats. According to The Miami Herald, four officers told an investigator that they were ordered to file false charges against black detainees.
“’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 during an internal investigation. “They were basically doing this to have a 100% clearance rate for the city.”
According to state and local records, most of the people arrested for burglary in 2013 and 2014 were black males.
During his time as chief, Atesiano’s unprofessional strategy led to 29 of 30 burglary cases being solved and all 19 burglary cases being solved in 2013. He resigned in 2014.
Atesiano is facing 11 years in prison and is awaiting trial on charges of civil-rights violations.