According to a new lawsuit, Clarens Desrouleaux was framed by police, spent 5 years in prison, and was then deported to Haiti.
Desrouleaux, 41, was a victim of a scheme of former Biscayne Park Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano, who told his officers to frame innocent black people to make it appear as if he is doing a great job catching bad guys.
The Miami New Times reported Atesiano pleaded guilty to the scheme last week. Desrouleaux has now filed a lawsuit against the department for false imprisonment and civil rights violations after corrupt Biscayne Park cops destroyed his life.
Desrouleaux “is still in Haiti and is not able to return to the United States of America as a result of his bogus arrest and conviction perpetrated by the defendants in this case,” according to the lawsuit.
Desrouleaux’s conviction was vacated in August, after Atesiano and 3 other Biscayne Park cops were indicted.
The lawsuit breaks down how Desrouleaux was framed by the corrupt officers.
Desrouleaux says 2 of the indicted cops, Charlie Dayoub and Guillermo Ravelo, targeted him in 2013 because of his past history of arrests. Dayoub and Ravelo allegedly lied on arrest affidavits and stated they had evidence showing Desrouleaux had broken into 3 homes.
Desrouleaux confessed to the crimes in private, with no witnesses and no cameras, because he was coerced by officers. The 2 officers told him that he would rot in jail for years if he did not confess to the burglaries he did not commit.
“To the extent that Desrouleaux confessed to the burglaries, the confession was obtained through coercion and unconstitutional tactics, including the threat of the potential imposition of a much longer prison term,” the suit reads.
Although he was innocent, Desrouleaux pleaded guilty in court. He decided it was better to serve 5 years for a crime he didn’t commit than face 30 years in jail.
After spending 5 years in jail, he was picked up by ICE and sent back to Haiti.
Miami-Dade County public defenders are concerned that more of the police department’s victims will surface after the sheriff’s guilty plea.
“Said misconduct was motivated by racial animus and constituted purposeful discrimination; it also affected black men in a grossly disproportionate manner vis-a-vis similarly-situated caucasian men,” Desrouleaux’s suit reads. “The conspiracy to violate people’s civil rights based upon race under color of law is exactly what Defendants did to Desrouleaux.”