Florida Police Chief Gets Three Years in Prison for Framing Innocent Men

Raimundo Atesiano, the former Biscayne Park police chief who directed his officers to frame innocent men was sentenced to three years in prison.

Atesiano had plead guilty to a conspiracy charge of depriving three suspects of their civil rights because he had directed other officers to frame them. The convictions carried up to 10 years in prison.

Three former police officers who worked under Atesiano pled guilty to civil rights violations over the false arrests of three suspects. Over the summer, two officers plead guilty to falsifying the arrest affidavits for a 16-year-old suspect and tried to pin four break-ins on him. The two were sent to prison for less than a year. A third police officer admitted falsifying arrest warrants for two men at the direction of Atesiano, and using excessive force. A different federal judge sentenced him to two years and three months in prison.

One of the men who was framed ended up being deported to Haiti. In light of the new evidence about his false arrest, the State Attorney’s Office threw out his wrongful conviction.



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