Federal prosecutors say a Florida police chief and two officers framed a 16-year-old in four unsolved burglaries five years ago, reports USA Today. Their motivation: To boost the police department’s arrest stats. Former Biscayne Park Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano and former officers Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez were charged Monday in connection with an incident prosecutors say happened in 2013. Atesiano ordered Dayoub and Fernandez to arrest the teen, identified only as T.D., in June 2013 to maintain a fictitious 100 percent clearance rate of reported burglaries, according to an indictment.
Prosecutors say there was no evidence to support charging the teen. Biscayne Park newsletters in 2013 show that Atesiano bragged about his nearly perfect reported residential burglaries clearance rate. He received praise from officials after he reported raising that rate. After citing a 89 percent clearance rate in one newsletter, he wrote: “As great as the above listed accomplishments are, I would like to challenge all of my officers to make 2013 an even bigger success.” An October 2013 newsletter published by the Village of Biscayne Park praised Atesiano’s crime clearance rate, saying, “Continued thanks to Police Chief Atesiano. Under his effective leadership, we have restored what our Village was once known for – safety – with the added professionalism of actual crime solving when needed.” Atesiano, Dayoub and Fernandez were charged with conspiracy to violate civil rights under color of law and deprivation of civil rights.