Courtesy of Law and Crime:
Records of the Biscayne Park police obtained by the Miami Herald showed that the department’s command staff told officers to use troubling methods just so their rate of solving crimes would look good.
“If they have burglaries that are open cases that are not solved yet, if you see anybody black walking through our streets and they have somewhat of a record, arrest them so we can pin them for all the burglaries,” Anthony De La Torre, an officer who worked there, said during an internal investigation.
According to the investigation’s report, De La Torre was the only one to explicitly state that black people were targeted, but three others backed up the allegation that they were told to go after random people.
Former Biscayne Park village manager Heidi Shafran initiated the investigation after getting letters from officers who were upset about what was going on. The letters seemed to back up what De La Torre said.
“The letters said police were doing a lot of bad things,” Shafran told the Herald. “It said police officers were directed to pick up people of color and blame the crimes on them.”
And you KNOW this is not the only community where this takes place.
I would be willing to bet that if you got officers to talk they would admit that practices like this extend all across the country.
Gee, I wonder why black folks have such a strained relationship with the po-po?