Crime/Justice

Biscayne Park, Miami Police Framing Case May Taint Hundreds of Cases | Miami New Times


The officers’ unethical conduct appears to have extended far past the handful of cases referenced in federal court filings, Martinez says.

“What we have found thus far is that the wrongful convictions predate 2013,” Martinez tells New Times. The Miami Herald reported in July that Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s office would also likely reopen cases tied to Atesiano as part of its Justice Project, an initiative that aims to reverse wrongful convictions. This is the first time Martinez has spoken publicly about the fallout from Atesiano’s actions.

Martinez says his office is reviewing a massive trove of Biscayne Park arrests from 2010 through 2014. He says it’s too early to estimate the number of cases the officers’ conduct might have tainted. But he says his office plans to ask the state to expunge the records of any person arrested by Biscayne Park Police during Atesiano’s tenure who has since been acquitted or had the charges dropped. There are likely hundreds or even thousands of those kinds of cases alone.

Source: Miami New Times

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