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6/21/2017 8:25:40 PM
Posted: 9/7/2001 4:51:26 AM EDT
MIAMI (AP)--Seven Miami police officers were arrested Friday by the FBI after a month-long investigation into allegations that officers planted guns at crime scenes to justify police shootings. No details were immediately released on the seven or on their specific cases. A federal grand jury indictment was expected to be unsealed later in the day, FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said. Calls to Miami Police headquarters for additional information went unanswered. Agents have been investigating gun "throw-down" cases involving the fatal shootings of two black men after a smash-and-grab purse snatching and the wounding of a homeless man who was pretending to hold a weapon to the head of a friend. The weapon turned out to be a small radio. Orihuela couldn't immediately say whether Friday's arrests involved those cases. (END) DOW JONES NEWS 09-07-01 08:37 AM- - 08 37 AM EDT 09-07-01 i'm pro LEO, but come on! makes you wonder how many weren't caught!
Link Posted: 9/7/2001 6:23:26 AM EDT
Originally Posted By bolt: Usually less than 10% get caught,who's gonna catch them,their brother LEO's.....more like catch and release or the like.
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Yes, actually it would be their fellow officers. I spent nine months in South Florida in the mid-80's working covert narcotics aimed at dirty officers. Of those arrested all but one served time. Some officers, like myself, hate crocked cops. They give the good ones a bad name.
Link Posted: 9/7/2001 6:44:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2001 6:45:44 AM EDT by e8ght]
Nothing erodes public confidence in cops faster than a few bad cops. I for one would like to commend those LEOs who work to keep the blue line clean.
Link Posted: 9/7/2001 7:09:53 AM EDT
Originally Posted By bolt: Usually less than 10% get caught,who's gonna catch them,their brother LEO's.....more like catch and release or the like.
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This is interesting. Where did you get the "10%" number from?
Link Posted: 9/7/2001 9:33:52 AM EDT
...make that 13! MIAMI (AP)--Thirteen current and former Miami police officers were named in an indictment unsealed Friday alleging they helped cover up wrongdoing in police shootings. Two have entered pleas to charges in the indictment, and one of the officers was a former chief's assistant, federal prosecutors said. Five officers were arrested at the Miami Police Department. They were summoned to the chief's office early Friday and relieved of their duty, badges and weapons, the FBI said. Two other former officers were arrested at their homes, and four others were expected to surrender, FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said. The arrests expanded on a March indictment charging five Miami officers with conspiracy to obstruct justice for allegedly lying to investigators after a 73-year-old man was killed in a hail of 123 bullets during a 1996 drug raid. Shots narrowly missed his 14-year-old granddaughter. Police said the man fired first. No drugs were found in the house, but some were found outside a window. The FBI said the investigations also involved gun "throw-down" cases involving the fatal shootings of two young black men after a purse snatching on a downtown expressway ramp, a fatal inner-city shooting and the wounding of a homeless man who officers said was holding a weapon to the head of a friend. It actually was a small radio. In "throw-down" cases, officers allegedly planted guns at crime scenes. Although it involves 13 present and former officers, all members of special teams or crime-supression units, the scandal is smaller than the "Miami River Cops" case that grew out of the drownings of three drug-boat guards in the Miami River in 1985. Two dozen Miami officers eventually were convicted of charges that police formed their own drug-ripoff ring, and as many as 100 officers were disciplined. (END) DOW JONES NEWS 09-07-01 01:25 PM- - 01 25 PM EDT 09-07-01
Link Posted: 9/7/2001 2:26:28 PM EDT
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