Miami-Dade Police Caught on Camera Ignoring Emergency Calls (Video)
Footage of five Miami-Dade police officers and one sergeant ignoring emergency dispatch calls was released this week.
The video was secretly shot by the police department's internal affairs division.
The police officers were disciplined, following a 2010 internal affairs investigation, but the video has just now been put out for public consumption, reports NBC Miami.
One part of the video shows Officer Dario Socarras ignoring a residential burglary call to meet a woman in a mall parking lot, where he can be seen hugging and kissing her.
In another part of the video, Officer Socarras, Officer Jose Huerta and their Sergeant Jennifer Gonzalez were videotaped drinking coffee at a Casa Larios when an emergency call came in about an unconscious 5-month-old. Officer Socarras was dispatched to the scene, but continued drinking his coffee.
Moments later, the dispatcher asked Officer Socarras to check out a suspicious vehicle. Investigators said it took him 25 minutes to respond.
As a result of the internal affairs investigation, Officers Socarras, Huerta and Gonzalez were been fired by the Miami-Dade Police Department. Several more officers have been disciplined.
"The reality is our department dealt with it, investigated it, meted out discipline to those who were terminated, and those who still remain, they also were disciplined," said J.D. Patterson, the Miami-Dade Police Department's new director.
Source: NBC Miami