The Miami Dade Police Department has fired a sergeant and two officers for dereliction of duty and suspended three others without pay in what is considered one of the worst incidents of delinquency in the department’s history.
The accusations vary against each officer, but they include: failing to respond to emergency calls, pretending to be on calls when they weren’t, and falsifying police records.
The officers – an entire squad assigned to patrol a large swath of Kendall – were followed and caught on surveillance video by Internal Affairs in 2010. Investigators even used tracking devices on the officers’ cars to catalog their movements. But it wasn’t until September 2012 that they were ultimately disciplined.
One of the fired officers, Dario Socarras, reportedly ignored armed robbery and residential burglary calls so he could meet his girlfriend in the parking lot of the Dadeland Mall, He did this not just once, but on two different occasions. Video shows the pair kissing and cuddling as other officers were forced to respond to the emergency calls for help.