The Homestead Police Department discussed allegations against a former officer who is accused of pulling a woman over and, instead of taking her into custody, he asked to see her in her underwear.
Homestead Police Officer Juan Senabre pulled a woman over for driving on a suspended license on December 11, 2011, said Detective Antonio Aquino, the supervisor for internal affairs at Homestead Police Department. He then drove her to a back alley off Krome Avenue and 9th Street, handcuffed her in the front seat of his police cruiser, and offered to help keep her out of jail.
"He requested to see her breasts and her panties and asked her if she's ever been with an officer or crazy officer," said Aquino.
When she objected, the woman said Senabre just dropped her off.
The woman filed a complaint against Senabre five days after the incident. In May, Senabre was suspended with pay. He was fired in June, said Aquino.
"When we find these violations, we address them swiftly, correctly and fairly," said Aquino.
Senabre's attorney, Teri Guttman-Valdes, said her client did pull the woman over because of a suspended license and let her go, but only because the woman claimed it was all a mistake.
Aside from that, Guttman-Valdes said Senabre, a 6-year veteran, "denies the allegations of wrongdoing... and expects to be vindicated based on discrepancies and inconsistencies in the complainant and witness testimonies."
More trouble for Homestead PD
The allegations against Senabre come a month after three Homestead police officers were arrested for their alleged involvement in pepper spraying an illegal immigrant inside a city bar. All three have been suspended with pay pending their investigation.
Homestead police are now working on bringing back the trust of the community.
"We restore it by showing them that we are addressing it," said Aquino.