Sunday, February 03, 2013

Delinquent on Duty - Miami-Dade cops caught on camera goofing off

Back in August 2011, CBS4 reporter Jim DeFede came across a short item (below) in the Miami Herald that piqued his interest.

An entire squad of Miami-Dade police officers working out of the Kendall sub-station had been suspended. Rumors started circulating that the officers had been goofing off instead of answering calls.

Because the cops were still under investigation, exact details on the allegations were hard to come by.

But DeFede stuck with the story and now, after a months-long investigation, numerous public records requests and sifting through hours of secretly-recorded surveillance videos, DeFede will reveal what happened to the suspended Miami-Dade cops Monday night at 11pm on CBS4.

Miami-Dade police investigate an entire squad of Kendall cops

Miami Herald - August 11, 2011

by Michelle Hammmontree-Garcia

A Kendall District police squad, made up of five to six officers and a sergeant, has been put on suspension with pay while the Miami-Dade Police Internal Affairs Bureau conducts an investigation.

The squad has been on suspension for at least a month. But Miami-Dade police have little else to say other than that Internal Affairs in investigating their conduct while on duty.

Maj. James O?Donnell, who heads the Kendall District station, said: ?At this point they are under investigation for actions conducted while on their work schedule. Once the investigation is complete, appropriate action will be taken, if necessary.

Although police internal affairs investigations of individual officers are not uncommon with an agency as large as the Miami-Dade Police Department, a probe of an entire squad is unusual.

Documents pertaining to internal investigations of police officers are exempt from Florida's public records law until the probe is complete.

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