(AP) — Authorities say a former police chief and two officers for a small Florida community framed a teen for several burglaries to improve their arrest statistics.
A U.S. Attorney’s Office news release says former Biscayne Park police Chief Raimundo Atesiano and former officers Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez were charged Monday with conspiracy to violate civil rights under color of law and deprivation of civil rights. They each face up to 11 years in prison.
An indictment says Atesiano ordered Dayoub and Fernandez to arrest the unnamed 16-year-old in June 2013 to maintain a fictitious 100 percent clearance rate of reported burglaries. Atesiano is accused of ordering the arrest “knowing that there was no evidence and no lawful basis to support such charges.”