Cops and prosecutors protecting their own. (Justice? What’s that?) Women and girls said a Hialeah cop sexually assaulted them. The chief gave him a raise.. (For those of you who are challenged by the subject of Florida geography, Hialeah is a suburb of Miami.)
Starting in 2015, internal affairs investigators gathered evidence that Menocal had committed “unlawful sexual activity” with minors, a second-degree felony, and had broken more than 20 departmental rules and policies. The evidence was handed to Velázquez and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office — but neither the police chief nor prosecutors acted to punish him.
Far from disciplining Menocal, whose well-connected family has held high-ranking positions in South Florida law enforcement, Velázquez gave him a raise — and moved him back onto the SWAT team as a coordinator.
Rules apply to the little people, not the cops. And especially not if his family is “well-connected.” (Hat tip to Wirecutter.)