Three former police officers, including a police chief, have been implicated in criminal rights violations against a 16-year-old resident of Biscayne Park for manufacturing evidence and falsely arresting him back in 2013.
According to court records, Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano conspired with his lower ranking officers to falsify evidence and police reports to make an arrest in an unsolved case. The police chief appears to have been influenced by a desire to have perfect arrest statistics for the county.
Officers Dayoub and Fernandez allegedly collected evidence from four burglary crime scenes. The burglaries were unsolved, but they officers conspired to create four fake arrest reports and some false narratives to make a case against an unidentified minor in the town. Reports indicate that the police chief encouraged the officers to arrest the suspect for the burglaries despite not having a lawful basis to issue an arrest warrant.
A few weeks after the arrest, the police chief spoke during a city council meeting. He touted his department’s perfect arrest rate for burglary cases. Investigators suspect that the police chief was motivated to commit this crime out of a desire to appear more competent and sucessful to the community.
The investigation is being conducted by both the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Officers Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez have both been charged with the same crime as the former police chief, and their first court appearances are scheduled for next month. If convicted, the former police officers may face up to eleven years in prison.