Three members of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department turned themselves in yesterday after being cumulatively accused of more than a dozen felonies related to the 2009 arrest of Kenneth Post.
Sgt. Michael Florenco, Det. Matthew Moceri, and Officer Geoffrey Shaffer, who have a combined 24 years of service in Fort Lauderdale, were all involved in a car chase that ended with a crash and Post's being beaten up.
The Broward County Public Corruption Task Force says the officers lied about the circumstances of the crash, and, according to a FLPD release, "that physical evidence contradicted the reports, probable cause affidavits and sworn testimony provided by the three officers."
The Sun-Sentinel has more of the details of the Post case -- he's currently awaiting trial on charges that he burglarized a hotel bar three times in 2009 -- one of the times resulting in the chase.
Florenco and Moceri were each charged with four counts of official misconduct, four counts of falsifying records, one count of perjury, and one county of conspiracy to commit official misconduct. They have both also been on leave with pay since last April "due to an unrelated investigation," according to police. Shaffer received the same charges, minus the perjury. All three are now on administrative leave without pay.
We're working on getting more of the documents and looking into what the heck is going on with the Fort Lauderdale street crimes unit that involves its members getting arrested for stuff.