Several Miami-Dade officers fired after investigation
DORAL, Fla. (WSVN) -- An internal affairs investigation has cost several Miami-Dade Police officers their jobs, while others face disciplinary action.
A two-year internal affairs investigation on six Miami-Dade Police officers has cost three their jobs and left three others facing harsh discipline.
The officers all assigned to the Kendall district, were accused of not responding to emergency calls in a timely manner.
Internal Affairs went to work and what they captured on video was alarming. Investigators said even after being dispatched, the officers seemed to take their time responding.
Surveillance video caught one officer hugging an unknown woman while standing next to his patrol car. Another hidden camera caught a group sipping coffee instead of responding.
Another camera caught a Miami-Dade Police officer receiving a kiss from an unknown woman as she leaned into his patrol car.
According to police documents, in one case, one of the six officers in question waited 13 minutes to respond to a car crash and in another instance, after getting a call that a child was locked in a car, one of the officers waited three minutes to respond.
It's now one of the first issues new Miami-Dade Police Director, JD Patterson will be dealing with as top cop.
Sergeant Jennifer Gonzalez and Officer Dario Socarras are two of the officers who have been fired.
The department said Gonzalez was fired because all of this happened under her watch. They also said Socarras was the officer seen kissing the unknown woman from his patrol car when he should have been en route to an emergency.
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