“The former police chief of a small South Florida city will serve three years in prison for a conspiracy in his department to frame black people for crimes they did not commit”, says the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
On Tuesday, the sentence was imposed in Miami by a federal judge of 3 years. Ex-Biscayne Park chief Raimundo Atesiano, who had faced a maximum 10-year sentence. Three other former officers have also pleaded guilty in the case, which centered around efforts by Atesiano, 53, to improve his department’s crime-solving rate.
Two ex-officers were sentenced to a year each in prison, while the third got just over two years behind bars.
“When I took the job, I was not prepared,” Atesiano told the judge Tuesday, according to the Miami Herald. “I made some very, very bad decisions.”
Atesiano’s lawyer says the victims were not randomly selected but were known to police as having criminal pasts.
Prosecutors say the crimes for which black people were falsely arrested included burglaries and vehicle break-ins, according to the Sun Sentinel.