Three Miami Cops Accused of Ignoring 911 Calls Fired

Three Miami Cops Accused of Ignoring 911 Calls Fired

News Feb 06, 2013

Feb. 06--A Miami-Dade police sergeant and two officers have been fired, and three others have been suspended, capping a two-year investigation into accusations that they ignored emergency calls, filed false police reports and lied about calls they handled, Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Nancy Perez said Tuesday.

The Miami-Dade Internal Affairs Bureau launched the investigation into the Kendall District police squad in 2010. The discharged officers are fighting to get their jobs back.

The officers -- who worked the 2-to-10 p.m. shift -- were followed, captured on video and tracked with GPS devices. More than 130 violations of department policy were documented.

Fired were Sgt. Jennifer Gonzalez and officers Dario Socarras and Jose Huerta. The other three -- officers Jeffrey Price, Fabian Owens and Ivan Tomas -- were suspended without pay in September and are back on the job.

Gonzalez was caught shopping, loading purchases into her patrol car and visiting her parents -- all while on duty -- according to CBS 4's Jim Defede, who first reported the investigation and its outcome. Socarras ignored emergency calls, including a robbery, instead having a romantic rendezvous with his girlfriend at the Dadeland Mall.

A video captures him making out with the woman while in uniform. He also ignored a call involving a 5-year-old boy who was unconscious and locked inside a car, telling dispatchers he was on his way when, in fact, he was having a cup of coffee with Gonzalez and Huerta, who also ignored the emergency call.

The child was tended to by paramedics.

Price, Owens and Tomas were given suspensions of from five to 20 hours without pay. They, too, ignored a number of emergency calls.

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

The boundaries of the Kendall District are Bird Road to the north, Coral Reef Drive to the south, Biscayne Bay on the east and Florida's Turnpike on the west.

Continue Reading

Copyright 2013 - The Miami Heral

Source
The Miami Herald
Julie K. Brown
Michael G. Guttenberg, DO, an emergency services leader at Northwell Health and FDNY first responder to the World Trade Center terror attacks on September 11, 2001, died Tuesday.
The military-grade mountable tablet is purpose-built for first responders with a unique, foldable keyboard cradle and dual pass-through antenna.
As overdose deaths in St. Joseph County increase, the state has donated free Narcan kits to crisis centers where overdoses are often seen.
If the referendum is approved by Maine voters, the expansion would allow 70,000 residents to become eligible for medication-assisted treatment.
Battalion Chief William Kocur, remembered as headstrong with a giant heart, died in a motorcycle accident on his way to his family's cabin.
Allina Health EMS was honored by NAEMT and EMS World with the Dick Ferneau Career EMS Service of the Year Award.
REMSA has released a new comprehensive white paper that provides detailed information on its highly successful Community Health Programs.
The annual meeting celebrated 139 military veterans and also featured education classes, antique ambulances, and a trade show.
Leaders want to provide first responders with guidelines to follow when handling calls relating to human trafficking.
The study will assess Florida's Division of Emergency Management's response to Hurricane Irma and determine the lessons learned.
The state funding will provide 120,000 doses for first responders, including Pittsburgh park rangers.
The budget cut allowed the department to cross-staff, using firefighters to staff ambulances due to medical calls outnumbering fire calls.
Starting next year, the insurer will reimburse treatment that doesn’t require the emergency department.
One of the two Northern California wildfires have been fully contained due to cooler temperatures and light rain.
Kenneth Scheppke challenged longstanding traditions in patient care that have not withstood current scrutiny.