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JANUARY 31, 2013

ARE MIAMI POLICE SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL
FALSIFIED ARREST REPORT AND AUDIO TAPES POINT TO POSSIBILITY OF MIAMI COPS BACK IN THE BUSINESS OF PLANTING GUNS

Planting guns, or drugs on bad guys has been a part of numerous TV shows, movies, and even more crime novels. 


It’s a believable plot hook because it happens in real life, and in Miami, cops planting guns was something that happened on more than one occasion.


The last big case that involved Miami Police doing this was when 11 cops were charged in covering up the killing of 3 unarmed suspects, two of them purse snatchers.


It now appears that the practice might have started again. 


In documents provided exclusively to the Crespogram Report, the March 12, 2010 arrest of a small time drug dealer named Robert Stewart points to a falsified Arrest Report (A-Form), and the possibility that a weapon was planted after his arrest.


Here’s the story.


Miami Police Detective Alfredo Matias, a member of the Crime Suppression Unit wrote a Arrest Report that on March 12, 2010, he was given a “tip of a B/M-Dreds possibly armed & selling narcotics,” in the area behind the convenience store on NW 3rd Avenue and 20th Street.


Matias, working undercover went on to write:


“Upon making contact with defendant - parking lot of 2052 NW 2nd Ave I produced city official funds #4378B, 1238C & 094A totaling $20.00.  Upon asking defendant for two rocks street slang for rock cocaine. I gave him the city funds.  In return the defendant gave me (2) clear plastic baggies w/red lip designs containing suspected rock cocaine. As the def handed me the suspected narcotics, I observed a wooden handgun grip on def right waist band area. As I cleared the area I advised the tactical units of def description & that he was armed...”


Here is a copy of the actual Arrest Report written by Matias.

               03-12-2010  Robert Steward arrest  (short version)


00:05  Al Matias: Alright I’m gonna give it ahh, three more minutes and I’m gonna start ahh, rolling.

00:12  Willie B. Smith: “QSL” (Acknowledgement) your point of contact is going to be the person with the cane.

00:23  Al Matias: B, according to my “Charlie” (C.I.), these guys are young.

00:34  Willie B. Smith: Alright, I don’t see no young people out there but ok, waiting on you guys.

00:40  Al Matias: Alright “QSL” (acknowledgement).

00:47  Al Matias: Alright guys, I just arrived at the store.  Ahh, “Charlie” (C.I.) is going to be getting out.

00:57  Al Matias: The “Charlie” (C.I.) got a white yellow and blue striped shirt with dark blue jeans.

01:08  Roberto Asanza: Yeah, we can see him Al, he just went inside right there in the first structure on ahh, right here on 20th street across from the store.

01:24  Willie B. Smith: He’s behind the car right?

01:26  Al Matias: He’s behind the, hold on, he’s walking now.

01:33  Willie B. Smith: (inaudible) northwest corner.

01:42  Willie B. Smith: This is the same parking lot Iglesias had his incident at.

01:49  Sgt. Raul Iglesias: “QSL” (acknowledgement) that’s the same spot.

01:57  Luis Valdez: Al, you got a visual?

02:03  Al Matias: Alright he’s behind the building, he’s behind the building.

02:14  Sgt. Raul Iglesias: North right? North building?

02:23  Sgt. Raul Iglesias: Hey Willie, you see the little guy also with the back pack?  White guy with a backpack just walked in he’s being led by some young guy.

02:31  Willie B. Smith: And the other guy is coming back out of the other parking lot (unaudible).

02:42  Sgt. Raul Iglesias: He got called back by that black skinny female.  She was hanging around inside the store.  Long, like a sweat jacket.

02:55  Willie B. Smith: The guy that’s calling them back had on a black skully, a light colored jacket, blue jeans pants, he’s picking up the stash from over by a truck in the next parking lot, he’s taking them back now to meet with the guy in back of 2030, wait 2030 something, that’s all I can see.

03:19  Sgt. Raul Iglesias: So Willie, we got to enter that first entrance when we go down 3rd, right?

03:24  Willie B. Smith: Come in the second parking lot and somebody gotta come in the first parking lot.  The seller just walked into the second parking lot and called everybody back, he called everybody, he got a black skully, a like gray in color jacket (inaudible) he got on blue jean pants.  He’s over there with everybody now in the back of the building.

03:50  Rossicia Allan: Remember sarge I told you, so I’m gonna have to come in the second on entrance cause they can leap frog all the way back north going northbound or they can go out toward Lui.

04:02  Sgt. Raul Iglesias: OK “QSL” (Acknowledgement).

04:06  Willie B. Smith: He got served Matias, he’s running back to you now, everybody got served, everybody got served.

04:19  Willie B. Smith: He’s got the whole bomb in his hand, he got the whole bomb in his hand right now.

04:25  Sgt. Raul Iglesias: Ok “QSM” (repeat) description again, black skully, black male, gray jacket.

04:30  Willie B. Smith: Yeah gray jacket, if you go back there now he’s going to take off running.  He’s got the whole bomb in his hand right now.

04:37  Sgt. Raul Iglesias: Ok Al, Matias advise.

04:40  Al Matias: Send em, send em in guys, go in the first parking lot, first parking lot, send em in.

04:49  Al Matias: Move in, move in, move in.

04:52  Rossicia Allen: I’m at 3 and 20, I’m at 3 and 20 doing the turn.


Note: No mention of Gun when Matias sends in units for the take down.

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AUDIO TAPE

That was Matias written report of what happened.  The audio tape of what happened is completely different.  

On the tape Matias describes pulling up to the convenience store and letting a confidential informant, who he identifies as “Charlie” on the tape, get out of the car and purchase the rock cocaine. 

No where on the tape does Matias say anything about a gun, and it’s obvious that Matias could not have seen a gun when he claimed to have purchased the rock cocaine, because he never got out of his car and made the actual buy.

Here is the portion of the audio tape and transcript of the that bears that out.

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I guess the IA investigators felt that Allan Brookings was unreliable as a witness for Matias, so instead of going after Matias for producing a falsified Arrest Report, they decided to not do anything.


They never opened an investigation into this case, even though the above evidence just screams for an investigation to be conducted.


What makes this particular story really interesting is that Matias, along with Detectives Suberto Hernandez and Luis Valdes, were part of the Crime Suppression Unit led by Sgt. Raul Iglesias, who was recently convicted in Federal Court for multiple counts of stealing drugs and money from drug dealers.


In a Miami Herald story  about the trial by Scott Hiaasen, here is what he wrote about Hernandez and Valdes:


        “Detectives Suberto Hernandez and Luis Valdes told

        jurors that Iglesias asked the pair if they had any

        “throw-down dope” to plant on a drug suspect after

        a search of the man during a Jan. 27, 2010, surveillance

        operation turned up no drugs.

       

        “He looked at myself and Hernandez and he asked

        for throw-down dope,” said Valdes, an officer for nearly

        none years. “I said,’We don;t do that here.  Nobody on

        this team does it.’”


They might not throw down drugs, but Matias’ report reveals that there’s a possibility they might have thrown down a gun.


And while there room for reasonable doubt - Stewart could have had the gun, or the gun in the tool box could have been left there by someone else - there very little doubt thatDetective Alfredo Matias falsified his  Arrest Report.

THE TIE IN WITH THE INGLESIAS CASE

I think that over time I’ve explained on more than one occasion that I get information from people with an agenda.  People give me documents because they’re pissed at someone, or something, or because they got a story that they want released, but that no one else has been willing to touch.

When I got the information for this story, I knew that there was an agenda attached to the documents, but because I hadn’t followed the federal trial of Miami Police Sgt. Raul Inglesias, I didn’t recognize any of the names of the cops in the transcripts.

It was only after I started Googling everyone’s name in an effort to try and find out information on each of them that I discovered - through the Miami Herald article above and other information - that Matias, Hernandez and Valdes had been part of Inglesias’ crew, and that Hernandez and Valdes had testified against him.

That brought things into focus.

Here’s what I think the deal is, and why I was provided these documents.

In the period before the trial - back when the case was first being developed - it was discovered that these guys might have not been as clean as they claimed.

I think that a decision was made to try and white wash Matias, Hernandez and Valdes as much as possible from being associated with any shaky cases so that they could be used to convict Inglesias.

That’s what led to IA’s charade with Allan Brookings in an effort to see if they could get testimony from him that would square up the discrepancy between Matias Arrest Report and the audio tape that contradicted the Arrest Report.

The only problem is that Allan Brookings was a Crackhead, and couldn’t resist embellishing the story past the point of believability.

So, because they didn’t want to create anymore problems than they already had, the Miami Police Department’s IA Unit obviously brushed this whole case under the rug, until it was turned over to Inglesias’s lawyers during discovery.

Now, the big question is why didn’t Inglesias’ lawyers use this information during the trial.

Probably because Matias was supposedly never called as a witness, and therefore the defense didn’t have any way to introduce any of this information as a way to impeach him.

And that’s how the information landed on my doorstep. I suspect that my story will be used as a way to challenge Inglesias conviction in some way, and most likely as a mitigating factor that will be introduced as part of his Pre-Sentence Report.

There are days when I’m beginning to feel like I’m living in a crime novel.

This is all devious, double-dealing stuff.

At the same time it’s a real story about what goes on in the streets of Miami with undercover drug buys, and decisions get made when it comes to who to prosecute, and who to give a pass too.

I don’t know anything about Raul Inglesias, because I didn’t follow that case, but Detective Alfredo Matias, really fucked up big time when he falsified the Arrest Report,  and that in turn raises serious questions as to whether Detectives Suberto Hernandez and Luis Valdes planted the 357 Magnum in the tool box.

To put a Cherry on this Sundae, on March 8, 2012, Miami City Commissioner Frank Carollo decided to give Matias, Hernandez and Valdes official commendations from the City of Miami.

AUDIO TAPE

               3-12-10  Rainbow Projects Buy Bust


C.I. Allan Brookings:  I’m in the car with that guy right there (Alfredo Matias) and I say.

IA Det. Tony Perez:  That guy you mean right there, is your pointing at that Nissan Maxima?

Allan Brookings:  That police car, he’s a police officer.

Allan Brookings:  He said “I can go up here and do this one”, and he told sarge “I could do this one”.  So what he did was, he walked right up there, and dude went under the god dam steps and got ready to buy and when he saw, the dude had a big ass gun and he took off running, the dude struck out, and he ran in the dam store on third and ran up in there and he put the dam gun in the tool box in the back and they got him and they drug his ass out.  Came out was a big ass Colt 45 running down, Clint Eastwood gun, big ass gun.

Tony Perez:  They arrested the guy there?

Allan Brookings:  They arrested the guy.

Tony Perez:  Where was it?  What shop was that?

Allan Brookings:  That was umm, the store.

Tony Perez:  That little Quick Stop?

Allan Brookings:  Yeah, the Quick Stop store

Tony Perez:  The Quick Stop store.

Allan Brookings:  Yeah

Tony Perez:  The one on 20th street?

Allan Brookings:  Yeah the A-rab, they ran right back there in the back of that thing and A-rab.

Tony Perez:  So the Police officer said “Hey sarge I could do this one”?

Allan Brookings:  Yeah, the Police Officer said “sarge I could do this one, he said “Sarge I could do this one”.  So when he walked up, the dude thought, cause a lot of whites go up there, and he do like the way he was looking that day, and the way he look, he do look like he could buy something.

So he just let both of the windows down, put a Tupac CD inside his dam, umm on his thing, and turned the music up and he, and I’m sitting in the car.

Tony Perez:  And you’re sitting in the car with him?

Allan Brookings:  I’m sitting in the car with him, and he raised the windows up on my side so nobody don’t see me, and he got out, and he walked over there, and when he walked over the dude reached up under the dam steps and got a bottle of dope and opened it up and reached it and proceeded to give him some of the crack and when he did that he noticed the gun that was on him.  The dude had a gun, and immediately he upped and the dude struckout, he ran, ran across the street, I see him running, I could hear it all on the radio.  They say he’s going, they say, you know how you all talk on the radio.

So anyway he came in the store, put the gun in the tool box and they got him out of the store and brought him back and I got back in the car with him.

In the Blue highlighted portion of Matias’s report he describes how detective Suberto Hernandez and Luis Valdes chased Stewart into the back room of the convenience store where, “A search of immediate area of store revealed a black 357 fully loaded revolver J48741 with wooden hand grips.”


Did Robert Stewart run into the convenience store with this 357?  He claims that he didn’t, and that the gun was planted.  He ended up serving 2 1/2 years.


Now, tears need not necessarily be shed over Ms. Stewart, because it’s obvious that he probably committed enough crimes over time that he didn’t get caught for to justify serving 2 1/2 years.


But the law doesn’t allow for setups like planting a gun or creating a falsified Arrest Report, and this story gets way better.

THE CRACKHEAD INFORMANT GOES TO BAT FOR MATIAS

In 2011 the Miami Police Department IA Unit got involved, and questioned the Confidential Informant. His name is Allan Brookings.

Brookings, who wasn’t riding around in police cars making buys of crack cocaine because he was an upstanding citizen interested in winning an award for community service was quick to try and provide cover for Matias, by claiming that after he - Brookings - had purchased the first rock for $20, Matias, decided to do his own buy - contrary to the audio tape of Matias ordering the back up team to come in and arrest the seller after Brookings had scored and started running from the scene - and that it was then when Matias spotted the gun.

The best part is when Brookings, unable to stay on script, decides to elaborate on the story by putting himself alongside the cops as they entered the convenience store.

So, Brookings is in the car with the windows up so no one can see him while supposedly being in a position to watch the whole process go down, and then he manages to get out of the car and be inside the store where he could see the cops find the gun in the tool box, and finally after the guy is arrested, he gets back in the car with him.

If you read and listen to the first tape and transcript you will see that Matias probably could not see the actual buy, because it was another detective, Willie B. Smith who says: “He got served Matias, he’s running back to you now, everybody got served, everybody got served.”

Of course, the reason that this all falls apart is that after Brooking got a $20 rock of cocaine, why would Detective Matias feel the need to go back and buy any more?

And of course, he didn’t because his Arrest Report and the tape and the transcript bear that out.

Here’s the the IA interview of Allan Brookings.

Neither the minutes of the Commission meeting, or the back up material on Legistar explains what these commendations were for, but you got to wonder if this was just some stage dressing to try and burnish these guy’s standing before they showed up to testify against Inglesias.


It’s Miami, Bitches, where all things are possible!

AFTERWORD


My interest in this story was first and foremost about the falsified Arrest Report.


This was a case about a $20 crack cocaine buy.  So why would anyone need to falsify an Arrest Report on a $20 crack cocaine buy? 


These kinds of arrests go down in the City of Miami almost every day, if not many times a day. Was the Falsified Arrest Report in this case an anomaly, or are many of the Arrest Reports in similar cases also falsified?


It has been suggested to me that the falsified Arrest Report is something that is done more frequently than people would suspect, and that the reason that these reports are falsified is because Confidential Informants are hard to create, and Florida law requires that they be identified in the Arrest Reports.


Therefore, in order to shield the identities of these informants and extend their usefulness, the reports are falsified on the expectation that most of these case never go to trial, and the informants are able to continue doing what they do without being outed on an Arrest Report.


While that may or not be the case in general, in this particular case, the Confidential Informant Allan Brookings, was for all intents and purposes an “official” Confidential Informant who all but worked for the City of Miami, and could probably have qualified for a city employee ID.


The issue of the planting of the gun is more complicated and murky, but none the less troubling.


Normally, planting of guns by police is not a topic that often comes up in other police departments, but this is Miami, where planting guns on people - including dead people - was a very real problem in the past, so when the issue is raised it warrants more attention


In my original story I indicated that there was there room for reasonable doubt - Stewart could have had the gun, or the gun in the tool box could have been left there by someone else.


Again, it’s the falsified Arrest Report, where Detective Alfredo Matias wrote that he had first spotted the gun when the Defendant had given him the baggies with the cocaine rocks that raises the question of whether the gun was planted, because there’s no way that Matias ever saw the gun when he made the cocaine buy, because he didn’t make the buy.


Here is what he wrote in his Report:


“As the def handed me the suspected narcotics, I observed a wooden handgun grip on def right waist band area. As I cleared the area I advised the tactical units of def description & that he was armed...”


Neither the audio tape nor the subsequent interview with the Confidential Informant, nor for that matter the comments made by any of the other officers on the stakeout support Matias’ claim.


What led me to block my story on Tuesday night was a call informing me that other members of the Crime Suppression Unit were the ones who spotted the gun as the Defendant ran from the scene, and that they were the ones who called out a warning that the Defendant was armed.


This prompted me to seek ALL of the information on this case, and overnight I received a longer audio tape and transcript.


NOTE: because of space limitations, I have posted the expanded tape - which is 23:32 long, as well as the transcript HERE.


What the expanded tape and transcript revealed was that no mention of a “gun” is made until 14:28 on the tape, when Matias calls out to the Unit:


“Guy, you guys need to re-track ahh, he was running through the parking lot and according to my “Charlie” (CI). He had the gun in his hand.”


Now, Matias does not say he saw the gun, or that the defendant has “A” gun in his hand, he says that his “Charlie” saw the gun, or what that gun was.


And, as the tape subsequently revealed, this gun turned out to be a 357 Magnum - which is a big-ass gun, and something that woulda/shoulda freaked out anyone seeing a guy running down the street with such a gun in his hand.


Yet, the audio tape doesn’t reveal anyone being overly alarmed over any of this.  And, don’t think that because these guys do this a lot that they are cool and calm like the cops in TV shows when engaged in these kinds of chases.  Once you get in a chase, and the adrenaline starts flowing the adrenaline is  what amps you up.


The closest thing that might be considered a mention of a gun on the copy of the tape that I was given is when Detective Willie Smith, at 11:19, after he’s informed everyone that the Confidential Informant has made the buy and is on his way back to Matias, says:


“He’s got the whole bomb in his hand, he’s got the whole bomb in his hand right now.”


Could “bomb” have been a substitute for gun? Or was it a description of the drugs in the Confidential Informant’s hand?


Again, that would be determined in the intensity of how Detective Smith said those words.  The actual tape does not reveal any kind of stress or emphasis in Smith’s voice when he tells everyone that “He‘s got the whole bomb” in his hand...”


Also, then we have the portion of the transcript that starts at 16:41:


16:41 Suberto Hernandez: We got the gun, we got the gun.

16:43 Sgt. Raul Iglesias: Good job Suberto.

16:47 Suberto Hernandez: It’s actually Lui, ahh Lui spotted it, it’s a Dirty Harry special.

16:53 Luis Valdez: You’re going to like this one, it’s fully loaded.

16:58 Sgt. Raul Iglesias: Is it like the penguin special from the Batman where Michael Keaton plays Batman?

17:05 Luis Valdez: Actually sarge.

17:10 Luis Valdez: Actually sarge, it’s gonna be a Dirty Harry special, it’s a Colt 357 magnum.

17:18 Sgt. Raul Iglesias: Nice!

But it’s the last portion of the tape that starts at 22:35 that really raises a red flag:

22:35 Luis Valdez: Al, you on?

22:40 Al Matias: Go head.

22:43 Luis Valdez: Was I the only one or did you also say that he was running with the gun in his hand?

22:49 Al Matias: Papo, when I went with the “Charlie” (C.I.) he had the gun already, I saw it, it’s like one of those ahh, it’s like one of those umm Clint Eastwood long revolvers.

23:01 Luis Valdez: That’s what I recovered, that’s what I saw him running across 20th street with.

If, after all that happened, why would there have been any need for Detective Luis Valdez to raise the question about who saw the gun 20:43 into this incident, or more importantly for Detective Matias to claim at this point that not only had he seen the wooden pistol grips like he claimed on his Arrest report, but now claim that he actually saw the gun, and that it was “one of  those umm Clint Eastwood long revolvers?”

If Matias had actually seen a “Clint Eastwood long revolver,” do you think that maybe he might had said something about that before 22:49 into this incident?

I mean, really, give me a fucking break.  If any cop sees a 357 Magnum on a suspect you know he’s going to be yelling that over his walkie-talkie to make sure all of his fellow cops know that! 

A 357 Magnum will do serious damage to you even if you’re wearing a bullet proof vest. He’s not going to wait 22 minutes into this deal, and then say, oh yeah, I saw the “Clint Eastwood long revolver” when I brought the dope, and then NOT include that in his official Arrest Report.

The only reason to have that kind of conversation is that these guys figured they needed to clean things up and put something on the record to cover their asses.

Lastly, it turns out that in the packet of documents that Rick Diaz sent out, there is a deposition that he took from the dope dealer in this case, Robert Stewart, who is still in prison.  Stewart claimed in that deposition that he did not have a gun.  (It’s Exhibit 4.)


Now, there’s not any reason why anyone should believe him, but then again, the case is over and nothing more can happen to him if he did admit to having the gun.


The whole incident warrants a real investigation, and the absolute last people who should be allowed anywhere near this the the City of Miami IA Unit.


They had the first shot at it, when they interviewed the Confidential Informant, and then when the Informant went over the top in trying to create the story they wanted to get from him, they changed their mind and refused to open an investigation.


This case is just another example of how fucked up the Miami Police Department has become.


At the very least, everyone on the Crime Suppression Unit should be transferred out ASAP, because clearly these guys cannot be trusted.

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