Thursday, September 2, 2010

Miami Dade cop exposes a pattern of lying by his fellow officers.

For those of you following our blog, it's no secret that some cops are somewhat less than honest.  We've dedicated pages and pages of blog to the misdeeds of Detective Jorge Baluja of the MDPD, now it looks like one of his fellow officers from his early stomping grounds, the Northside District of the MDPD,  has come forward and detailed a pattern of dishonesty in his department.  From Gus Garcia-Roberts article in the Miami New Times, Officer Frank Adams of the Miami Dade Police Department tells us...
"They're supposed to be my brothers in blue," he says, struggling to keep his voice audible as his eyes become soggy. "But they're not my brothers — not when they're treating people like this."
It's not like Officer Adams is some lackey cop with an axe to grind, again from the article...
"Adams is an exemplary cop if his personnel record is any indication. He has been decorated with 12 commendations for good police work, and his daughter is also a Miami-Dade officer. But he says the state's largest police department has become a menace, regularly abusing and humiliating the people it's sworn to protect — and then lying about it. He's risking his career by speaking with New Times to expose its failings."
The incident that caused Officer Adams to come out against the department was a brutal police beating and how the officers involved described it in their subsequent police reports...
But what really floored Adams is the way Officer Gregorio Perez, who wrote the report, spun the incident. Five-foot-nine-inch Gaines was described as an incredibly powerful aggressor. He had allegedly lifted one officer onto his shoulder, climbed a set of stairs, and hurled the cop to the ground. He had supposedly even grabbed Adams by the shirt and repeatedly punched him, knocking him to the ground and injuring his hand. 
Gaines, a chef at a racetrack, was "lying on his stomach, gasping for air," Adams wrote in a four-page complaint. Pratts Martinez was continuously punching the man in the head. At Adams's urging, they cuffed Gaines.
Then another cop,Luis Torres, arrived on the scene, burst from his cruiser, and "ran up and kicked Mr. Gaines in the face," Adams wrote. The kick sent Adams knuckles-first into the gravel. A fourth officer, Jorge Arana, started "stomping and kicking" the chef in the legs and side. Adams says he leaped onto Gaines to protect him from the kicks.
The cops account is in stark contrast to what Officer Adams saw...
It's a lie, Adams says. He claims Gaines never resisted: The hand injury had occurred when another cop knocked Adams over while trying to kick Gaines.
It's nice to know that there are good cops out there that will stand up to the few rotten apples in their department, even when the odds seem to be against them.  Despite the officers assertions that the suspect was the aggressor a subsequent investigation by the Miami Dade County Police Department sided with Mr. Gaines and his account of how things went down.  Congratulations to Officer Adams for having the courage to exposing these cops, once again, former Plantation Police Chief Larry Massey said it best...
"If you lie, you die, If you are willing to lie to me over this, what else are you willing to lie about? His integrity was shot."

There is no room in ANY police department for dishonest cops.

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