Former Biscayne Officer Pleads Guilty In Civil Rights Case

A former Biscayne Park police officer has pleaded guilty in a case regarding false arrests.

Guillermo Ravelo, 37, pleaded guilty Thursday in Miami federal court to conspiracy to deprive a person of his civil rights and deprivation of civil rights under color of law.

While working for Biscayne Park in 2013 and 2014, prosecutors say Ravelo falsely arrested one person for two burglaries and another for five vehicle burglaries, despite knowing that no evidence connected them to the crimes.

Authorities say Ravelo also struck and handcuffed a suspect during a traffic stop.

A former Biscayne Park police chief and two other officers were recently charged with framing a teen for several burglaries to improve their arrest statistics.

Ravelo's sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 4.

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