Miami Beach Officers Allegedly Sent Racist, Pornographic Emails
MIAMI BEACH, Fla., May 14 (UPI) — Sixteen officers in the Miami Beach, Fla., Police Department allegedly sent thousands of racist and pornographic emails, an investigation by the Florida State’s Attorney office determined.
State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates announced Thursday that the offensive emails contained images of nudity and sexual acts, in addition to racist comments.
The revelation could taint some 540 cases the officers were involved with, 90 of which are still pending.
Additionally, one officer is under scrutiny for allegedly taking a photo of a dead man and sending that photo to someone not in law enforcement. Fernandez Rundle said the officer could face charges is the allegations are true.
Prior to Thursday’s news conference, a source told the Miami Herald that Officer Alex Carulo was allegedly fired for his role in the scandal. Carulo was suspended in January.
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine said the offensive emails were sent prior to the start of Oates’ administration. Oates said the emails represented a “failure of accountability and leadership.”