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Miami Officer Accused Of Helping Drug Traffickers

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- A police officer has been arrested for allegedly providing protection to drug dealers.

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On Wednesday evening, the State Attorney and City of Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa is scheduled to hold a press conference to announce the arrest.

They identified the officer as  Jose Maldonado.

Shortly after they announced his arrest, the Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Sergeant Javier Ortiz, issued a statement saying, "As law enforcement officers, we understand the need for having high expectations when it comes to our morals and values. We have the incredible responsibility in which we can take away someone's freedom as well the authority to use deadly force. Our community rightfully demands that we uphold the law as well as resist the temptation of abusing our position as law enforcement officers. If the charges are true against Officer Maldonado, we support that he is held accountable for his actions. However, we also believe that all individuals accused of a crime are innocent until proven guilty. We ask for the community to keep our police force in your prayers while this case is processed through the criminal justice system."




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