Raimundo Atesiano
Screenshot: Miami Herald

The former Florida police chief who literally turned black people into statisticsā€”framing them to juke his burglary recordā€”has been sentenced to three years in prison by a federal judge.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore sentenced Raimundo Atesiano to 36 months in prison for conspiracy of depriving multiple people of their civil rights.

Atesiano had encouraged his officers to pin unsolved burglaries on any African American with ā€œsomewhat of a recordā€ in order to keep his record perfect. This resulted in a 16-year-old boy being falsely charged, as well as a Haitian man who was illegally jailed and ultimately deportedā€”all in order for Atesiano to keep his little gold star on his record as police chief. Maybe heā€™ll get a gold star for attendance in prison.

According to the Miami Herald, Raimundo Atesiano said to Moore on Tuesday, ā€œWhen I took the job, I was not preparedā€¦I made some very, very bad decisions.ā€

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I donā€™t know, fella. Thereā€™s unprepared and then thereā€™s bold enough to act outside the law, draw even more attention to yourself with a ā€œperfectā€ record, and condemn innocent teenagers. You were ready to do somethingā€”just not your fucking job.

From the Herald:

In September, Atesiano pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge of depriving the three suspects of their civil rights because he and the officers charged them without a legal basis. Atesianoā€™s conspiracy conviction carried up to 10 years in prison.

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This followed guilty pleas from officers under Atesiano in August. Given the amount of illegal, racist and otherwise unethical activity that was reportedly happening under Atesianoā€™s watch, these officers have likely gotten off very, very easy. I hope they enjoy jail as much as they enjoy throwing people in it for no good reason.