Police Chief Accused of Detaining Students to Lower Crime Stats

MIAMI — Miami Dade Public Schools Police Chief Charles Hurley is accused of directing officers to place students under temporary detention rather than arrest them to make it appear as if crime had decreased under his watch.

Hurley reportedly detained students under the Baker Act, which allows law enforcement officials to place at-risk individuals under “temporary detention for evaluation” or in a treatment facility, the Huffington Post reports. Joe Puleo, staff representative for Florida State Fraternal Order of Police, said he noticed an escalation in the number of children taken out of school under the Baker Act in the last two years.

Hurley is also facing sexual harassment complaints from other officers in the department. The officers filed the complaints with outside agencies because they felt they would not get anywhere with the school boards, according to Puleo.

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