Ex-Police Chief Gets 3 Years In Prison For Framing Black Men

A for­mer South Florida police chief has been sen­tenced to three years in prison for fram­ing black peo­ple for crimes they didn’t com­mit, in order to boost his department’s crime-solv­ing stats.
Raimundo Atesiano, 53, for­mer­ly the chief of the Biscayne Park Police Department in Miami-Dade County, was sen­tenced by a fed­er­al judge on Tuesday for con­spir­a­cy to deprive indi­vid­u­als of their civ­il rights.
“When I took the job, I was not pre­pared,” Atesiano told U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore before his sen­tenc­ing, accord­ing to the Miami Herald. “I made some very, very bad deci­sions.”

Biscayne Park, Florida, former Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano was sentenced on Nov. 27 to three years in prison for framing t
Biscayne Park, Florida, for­mer Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano was sen­tenced on Nov. 27 to three years in prison for fram­ing three black men for bur­glar­ies.

Atesiano was report­ed­ly giv­en two weeks before hav­ing to report to prison, allow­ing him to spend time with his moth­er, who is ter­mi­nal­ly ill.One month ago, three oth­er for­mer Biscayne Park offi­cers — Guillermo Ravelo, Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez — were sen­tenced for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the scheme.
Prosecutors said Aresiano on three occa­sions ordered them to false­ly arrest and charge three peo­ple for unsolved bur­glar­ies. One of those arrest­ed was just 16 years old when he was false­ly accused. Davoub and Fernandez were each sen­tenced to one year in prison; Ravelo was sen­tenced to 27 months.
“Putting an arrest sta­tis­tic above the rights of an inno­cent man instead of work­ing to pro­tect all our cit­i­zens under­mines the safe­ty goals of every Miami-Dade police depart­ment,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in a state­ment on Tuesday. “Miami-Dade’s res­i­dents deserve hon­esty and integri­ty, qual­i­ties that Raimundo Atesiano delib­er­ate­ly failed to deliver.”One of the three vic­tims, who served five years in prison for a series of bur­glar­ies that he was false­ly accused of com­mit­ting, has filed a fed­er­al law­suit that accus­es the town and its for­mer offi­cers of vio­lat­ing his civ­il rights. His con­vic­tion was tossed by a judge in September. Story orig­i­nat­ed here;https://​www​.huff​in​g​ton​post​.com/​e​n​t​r​y​/​e​x​-​p​o​l​i​c​e​-​c​h​i​e​f​-​s​e​n​t​e​n​c​e​d​-​f​o​r​-​f​r​a​m​i​n​g​-​b​l​a​c​k​-​m​e​n​_​u​s​_​5​b​f​d​9​4​9​d​e​4​b​0​3​b​2​3​0​f​a​7​b​293