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February 06, 2013

Video: Cop fired for ignoring medical call

Six officers were disciplined in total, including one who was caught on camera drinking coffee rather than respond to medical call

RT.com

MIAMI-DADE — An investigation into Miami police officers' on-duty conduct found six officers were ignoring 911 calls while instead kissing their girlfriends, shopping, and drinking coffee.

One 911 call involved an unconscious five-month-old baby. Video footage shows Miami police officer Dario Socarras ignoring dispatch orders to save the child, while drinking coffee for nine minutes and lying to the dispatcher about being "en route". Paramedics eventually reached the unconscious child, while Socarras never went — but still, the officer wrote in his daily report that he attended the scene.

And Socarras is only one of six officers caught neglecting their duties: after being followed and caught on surveillance video by Internal Affairs, two officers and a sergeant were fired and three were suspended without pay for dereliction of duty from the Miami Dade Police Department. The footage of the incidents documents the department’s worst case of delinquency in its history.

Full story: Entire Miami police squad fired after footage shows cops shopping, dining and kissing while ignoring 911 calls

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Brad Myers Brad Myers Wednesday, February 06, 2013 12:01:05 PM Discusting.
Kaity Mialma Kaity Mialma Wednesday, February 06, 2013 12:09:25 PM this is horrible.
Kimberly Alice Scott Kimberly Alice Scott Wednesday, February 06, 2013 12:22:28 PM Take away their licences so they can't dump their useless asses on any police department! Absolutely unbelievable! I live in Canada, and I can honestly say, I have never heard of such conduct up here! Our officers are far from perfect, but at least they do their jobs, do them right, and do them honestly. (I can only hope and pray.)
Tracey Kuznicki Tracey Kuznicki Wednesday, February 06, 2013 12:26:50 PM What a bunch of losers!
Steve Hutchinson Steve Hutchinson Wednesday, February 06, 2013 12:34:03 PM Totally unbelievable
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Wednesday, February 06, 2013 1:35:37 PM Talk about a double standard here? How is this any different than some hiding out at the hospital out of service or putting their truck out of service for whatever reason so you can do nothing or screw around with your girlfriends or boyfriends? Don't criticize when most of you do the same thing.
Zach Smith Zach Smith Wednesday, February 06, 2013 1:56:13 PM I'm glad IA acted on this
Aaron Haber Aaron Haber Wednesday, February 06, 2013 1:59:41 PM Not all cops are bad but this group sure is. should never be allowed back on any department.
Navarre Marshall Navarre Marshall Wednesday, February 06, 2013 2:24:20 PM I agree
Agbili Martin Agility Agbili Martin Agility Wednesday, February 06, 2013 4:47:23 PM THAT IS A BAD OMEN. THEY ARE NOT SERIOUS WITH THEIR JOB.
Arthur Ball Arthur Ball Thursday, February 07, 2013 6:49:56 PM Truly unacceptable. Those people are a disgrace to all public safety personnel everywhere and hopefully they won't even be able to get a job at their local Walmart after that stunt.
Melinda Teaster Williams Melinda Teaster Williams Thursday, February 07, 2013 7:05:53 PM Look this doesn't just happen with LEO not running calls, what about Paramedic in company car loaded with equiptment same as an ambulance and not running the call but just drove on by, or you have Paramedics closer to charlie and delta calls whne another the on duty crew is miles away but they are closer? To Bad EMS desnt have IA.
Garry Watkins Garry Watkins Saturday, February 09, 2013 4:01:05 PM They should be fired - no doubt, they'll sue and charge discrimination....and probably win regardless of the evidence.
Shaun Harris Shaun Harris Tuesday, February 19, 2013 10:22:56 AM LOL only in America!
Colleen E Madden Holt Colleen E Madden Holt Thursday, February 21, 2013 10:30:01 AM Was the baby ok?

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