Video shows officer ignoring emergency call

Investigators say surveillance footage, documents, GPS devices reveal misconduct

Published On: Feb 05 2013 07:19:14 AM EST
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Newly released documents show several Miami-Dade police officers were fired after an internal affairs investigation found they were ignoring emergency phone calls while on duty.

The investigation into officers from the Kendall District resulted in dozens of DVDs and GPS maps, which show how they allegedly went out of their way to avoid reporting to crime scenes.

Three of the officers were fired, while several others were suspended without pay at the conclusion of the investigation in September 2012. Their supervisor was also issued a written warning from the department.

One of them, Officer Dario Socarras was written up for several incidents. In October 2010, Socarras was recorded on camera hugging and kissing a woman at Dadeland Mall while an armed robbery was taking place.

He is heard in dispatch recordings telling fellow officers he was on his way, but the investigation revealed he never arrived.

In September 2011, Socarras was called to reports on an unconscious five-month old, but was caught on camera sitting down to coffee with fellow officers.

Documents show the Miami-Dade Police Department terminated Socarras' employment on September 21, 2012. Other records show Officer Jose Huerta and Sergeant Jennifer Gonzalez were also fired that day.