Two ex-Biscayne Park officers get prison for framing black teenager

Posted at 11:04 AM, Oct 17, 2018

MIAMI (AP) — Two former police officers in Florida will serve a year in federal prison for framing a black teenager for burglaries he did not commit.

Court records show ex-Biscayne Park officers Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez were sentenced Tuesday by a Miami federal judge. They admitted to being part of a scheme to frame the 16-year-old so the police chief could claim a perfect rate of solving burglaries in the small city.

The judge insisted on prison for the pair despite plea deals calling for house arrest.

Former chief Raimundo Atesiano faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a more serious civil rights conspiracy charge. Another officer will be sentenced Thursday on a similar conspiracy count.

The burglary charges against the teenager were eventually dropped.