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FBI: Miami Police Sergeant Planted Drugs, Stole Money

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Miami police sergeant was indicted Thursday on charges that he planted cocaine on a suspect and stole drugs and money from dealers, The Miami Herald reports.

The FBI said Raul Iglesias schemed with a former detective, Roberto Asanza, to steal cocaine and use it to pay off a confidential informant. Asanza received one year of probation in an agreement to testify against Iglesias.

Iglesias, 40, an 18-year veteran of the department, is expected to appear before a federal judge today on nine counts that include conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, violating suspects’ civil rights and making false statements, the Miami Herald reported.

Justice Dept. Launches Probe into Miami Police Fatal Shootings

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department on Thursday announced a civil rights investigation into the Miami Police Department involving deadly use of force in nine police shootings  — eight of which were fatal.

“In the past 16 months, we have seen nine police involved shootings that are of concern and are the premise of our investigation,”said Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez in a statement in Miami. “Since July 2010, MPD officers shot and killed eight young men and critically wounded a ninth man. By comparison, the country’s largest police force, the New York City Police Department had one fatal shooting for every 4,313 officers in 2010, while Miami had one fatal shooting for every 220 officers. Washington D.C., with a larger population and police force, had no fatal shootings by police in 2010, compared to five by the Miami Police Department.”

Perez said all but one of the shootings occurred within the proximate neighborhoods of Little Haiti, Overtown, and Liberty City, in northeast Miami. He said two of the shootings involved unarmed subjects, and that six out of the eight fatal shootings were by cops in specialized units like the gang unit, SWAT, tactical robbery unit, and the canine unit.

Column: Ex-FBI Official Paid $20,000 to Probe Miami Police Dept.; Was it Worth it?

By Fred Grimm
The Miami Herald

Paul Philip may have been a dandy FBI agent back in the day. But as an author, his five-page thesis on the Miami Police Department delivered last week – for $4,000 a page – was an affront to us hack writers everywhere.

Philip spent four months researching the travails of a police department awash in controversy, with a string of fatal shootings and the attendant community controversy, with a chief feuding with the mayor, the state attorney and a city commissioner, with questionable promotions, with cops busted for corruption, with department morale ebbing.

It wasn’t like Philip lacked scintillating material for his piece.

Or the motivation – 20 grand, as any drooling freelancer could have told him, ain’t nothing. But apparently Philip suffered an acute case of writer’s block.

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Miami Police Chief John Timoney Urges End to Fed Law Disparity Between Crack and Powdered Cocaine

Chief John F. Timoney

Chief John F. Timoney

BY JOHN F. TIMONEY
Miami Police Chief
For the Miami Herald
MIAMI — Most people in the criminal-justice system are aware of a problem with the federal laws governing sentences for cocaine offenses — penalties for crack-cocaine offenses are much stiffer than sentences for powder cocaine. This undermines trust in the criminal-justice system, and it has strong racial effects unhealthy to our society.

The federal Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 created a mandatory five-year prison term for offenses involving five grams of crack. But an offender must have 100 times as much powder cocaine to trigger the same five-year sentence.

If I grab a guy carrying five grams of crack, less than a fifth of an ounce, I figure this is a low-level drug dealer, or maybe someone with a lot for his own consumption. If I arrest a guy with 500 grams of powder cocaine, more than a pound, I figure this is a trafficker. Yet the federal law set the same penalty for both.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission, a panel that Congress created in 1984 to write sentencing guidelines for federal judges to make sentences fairer and more uniform, for years urged Congress to amend cocaine laws to reduce that 100-to-1 disparity.

In 2007, the Commission took some limited action to decrease the sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine offenses and made the changes retroactive. The Commission said the sentencing system for cocaine offenses had come under ”almost universal criticism” from judges, criminal-justice officials, academics and community
groups.

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