We knew last year the diversionary activity around the Miami-Dade School Police Department, which was coordinated, sanctioned and authorized by Miami-Dade School Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho, was illegal.
Consequently we knew a public airing of the illegal activity was a risk to all parties involved.
Now, however – the entire School Board might be legally responsible for engaging in unlawful conspiracy which resulted from the internal investigation within the M-DSPD and the School Boards’ “willful blindness” to the actual finding(s).
It doesn’t take a law degree to understand that when you intentionally construct a policy, or group of policies, which specifically hide illegal behavior you are on the wrong side of the law – even when it is the top law enforcement officer giving the instructions to do it.
All indications now indicate the information we have uncovered may open the entire Miami-Dade Country Public School System to legal risk. The District Public Information Officer, Rolando Martin, has admitted to us the current Records Request delay is a consequence of School Board Legal Counsel evaluating our latest FOIA request.
An investigation which uncovered several police officers, and School Resource Officers, admitting to breaking the law because they were instructed to do so within their chain of command – specifically, Police Chief Charles Hurley.
Last year we brought you dozens of sworn affidavits from within the Miami-Dade Public school system which specifically outlined a series of coordinated policies stemming from Police Chief Charles Hurley – It has taken almost two years to bring this information to the light of day.
The officers within the department admitted, under oath, to falsifying documents, hiding evidence, and concealing information. Here are a few sample affidavits we have uploaded to our pdf file sharing account (thousands of pages):
One of the students who benefitted from the Police concealing criminal activity was Trayvon Martin.
However, Trayvon was only one, there were presumably hundreds more as the affidavits from each of the officers within the Miami-Dade School Police Department attest.
Reports were falsified, evidence was concealed/destroyed, and in some cases hidden within the evidence/property room – intentionally not investigated. In the case of Trayvon Martin, the stolen jewelry within his backpack was just shipped for storage to a property room without a police report and listed as randomly “found property”.
This is one example of how young black male students were diverted away from the criminal justice system. Not by correcting the behavior, but by falsely documenting the activity and then using school discipline to replace criminal adjudication.
The M-DSPD never investigated student crime when it was carried out by young black males. And in the case of Trayvon Martin, they took it several steps further, they concealed criminal conduct, hid stolen merchandise, and actively worked to cover it up.
Superintendent Carvalho instructed Chief Hurley to do it to improve statistics. Merely to improve statistics. But what they ended up doing was actually illegal.
Police Chief Charles Hurley was fired shortly after the investigation – but to avoid the story above being discovered the reason given for Hurley’s discharge was a “sexual harassment” claim.
But wait, it gets worse…. presumably to reward Hurley for going along with the false reason for the firing – the official reason for termination on his file says “failure to re-qualify with a firearm“, perhaps having something to do with keeping a pension/benefit payoff.
You can read how one example, the stolen jewelry, was discovered HERE.
You can also see how this information clearly shows evidence of unlawful behavior on the part of the entire school system. They have stalled our records requests at every step of the way for well beyond a year.
Now the latest communication from within the M-DSPD/School Board is the School Board legal counsel is evaluating the inherent risk if the public finds out what has been going on.
In the interim, we stand determined – waiting. Resolute.
We will bring you that final report, and the sunlight will come with it.
….. and the sunlight will come with it !
Alberto Carvalho Last week in the White House