In the legal docs that authorized the arrest, Flanders says the cops made sure to knowingly omit the victim's statement so they could arrest him anyway.
Around the same time, Flanders was involved in a lawsuit against the Miami Beach Police Department. After two years on the force, Flanders got fired in 1997. Internal Affairs determined that Flanders had lied about his address and gave a woman a ride in his police cruiser after hours. Flanders wanted his job back and wound up suing the department in 2001. The rape arrest, Flanders said, ruined his chances at a favorable outcome in that suit.
At one time, Flanders claims, a Miramar police agent even said that he could "kiss that job goodbye," suggesting that the P.D. "maliciously" targeted him.
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Miramar police spokesman Tania Rues said the department "vehemently denies" that claim, but she declined to comment further, citing the lawsuit.