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“Raimundo Atesiano, the former Biscayne Park police chief who directed his officers to frame innocent black men for a series of unsolved burglaries, admitted he wanted to appease community leaders and polish the village’s property crimes record,” the Miami Herald reported on Tuesday.

In August, Officers Charlie Dayoub, 38, and Raul Fernandez, 62, pleaded guilty to falsifying the arrest affidavits for a 16-year-old black suspect for four unsolved break-ins in June 2013. That was just a month before then-police chief Atesiano touted the town’s 100 percent burglary clearance record at a village commission meeting. In October, Judge Moore sent each to prison for a maximum one-year term.

“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,” one cop said in an internal probe ordered in 2014. “They were basically doing this to have a 100% clearance rate for the city.”

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“He fabricated evidence. He damaged lives. Even before he was chief, Atesiano issued 2,200 traffic tickets himself in one year, fabricated cases, and wrongfully arrested innocent individuals,” Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos Martinez said. “He created a culture of corruption that has further eroded public trust in the criminal justice system. Just as appalling is the damage Atesiano has done to law-abiding, hardworking, police officers and chiefs.”

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A team of Miami Herald journalists explain how they investigated what spurred them on to their more than year and a half investigation to take a closer look into the case of notorious serial sexual abuser Jeffery Epstein and a Perversion of Justice in their five-page series that hit the public in one fell swoop at 8 am on Wednesday.

In October 2017, as the #MeToo movement spurred a national conversation about the sexual harassment and abuse of women, the Miami Herald had already begun examining the Jeffrey Epstein case.

After the nomination of former Miami U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta to President Trump’s Cabinet in February of that year, the Herald began to take a closer look at what role Acosta played in helping orchestrate a secret plea bargain that prosecutors struck with Epstein in 2007, and finalized in 2008.

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Part One: How a future Trump Cabinet member gave a serial abuser the deal of a lifetime

Part Two: Cops worked to put serial sex abuser in prison. Prosecutors worked to cut him a break

Part Three: Even from jail, sex abuser manipulated the system. His victims were kept in the dark

Sex abuser Jeffery Epstein was surround by powerful people. Here’s a sampling

Timeline: For years, Jeffery Epstein abused teenage girls, police say. A timeline of his case

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