Former Miami-Dade cop sentenced to 366 days in prison for stealing from crime scene
Karel Rosario pleaded guilty last year to stealing jewelry while searching home
According to the State Attorney’s Office, Rosario stole a Cartier watch containing a custom diamond bezel, a gold bracelet with diamonds, a Cartier-style “Nail” bracelet, a Rolex Daytona watch, a Bulgari ring, a Bulgari bracelet, a David Yurman bracelet and several expensive bottles of perfume from the home of Yulia Martinez.
When a citizen commits a crime against a law enforcement officer, the punishment is typically swift and unduly harsh. When an officer commits a crime against a citizen, the punishment – if there’s any at all – is typically a delayed slap on the wrist, even for homicide … this although officers have a constitutional, sworn and fiduciary responsibility to citizens, which citizens do not bear in turn. Officers’ light punishment in the context of their weightier responsibilities make a lie of the following statement:
“Good police work always depends on an officer’s honesty and integrity,” said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle. “Detective Rosario’s stealing makes him no different than the thieves he would apprehend. This is a sad day for the law enforcement community.”
Despite Karel Rosario’s good health and law enforcement training, I doubt that fellow inmates will be able to look to him for any form of assistance if a corrections officer steps over the line, like inmates have received from injured and ailing “Caged Crusader” Harold Hempstead and frail, seizure-prone incarcerated innocent Gary Bennett (32+ years and counting).
Nothing has been made of Gary Bennett repeatedly receiving bogus Discipline Reports for speaking up for fellow inmates, even though the phony DR’s wrecked Gary’s chance at parole, which would have allowed him to battle his false conviction from the sunnier side of razor wire. This is because those who represent Gary – Centurion Ministries and the Innocence Project of Florida – aren’t earnestly earning their federal income tax exemptions. The composition of the IPoF Board alone indicates how conflicted its representation is … a former FBI agent, despite the FBI’s involvement with the same DNA-discredited dog handler used to frame Gary and scores of others; a former American Bar Association president, despite several Bar associations’ refusal to address the prosecutorial misconduct revealed by three nearly identical upset convictions in Brevard County, where Gary was framed (Juan Ramos ’87, Wilton Dedge ’04, William DIllon ’08). Bar associations refusal to address prosecutorial misconduct means that they aren’t earnestly earning their tax exempt status, either.
Much has been made of Harold Hempstead’s battling for justice for abused, endangered and murdered inmates, chiefly because Harold and his sister refused to take “no” for an answer from the mainstream media. Despite the brother/sister team’s best efforts, no corrections officer that stepped over the line has been brought to justice, not even the one responsible for the scalding death of mentally ill Dade Correctional Institution inmate Darren Rainey. This is because public servants misstatements to the media are given the same weight as the Hempsteads’ forthright statements to the media, especially – as pertains to Darren Rainey’s homicide – the misstatements of Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle … Darren’s death was no accident: he couldn’t exit the locked shower; the temperature controls were in another room.
Failure to keep from harm is a federal crime for which no scoflaw Florida public servant presently fears FBI investigation and DoJ prosecution. With hundreds of suspicious inmate deaths and rogue state attorneys looking the other way with the apparent permission of Florida Governor Rick Scott, the FBI and the Department of Justice, discussions concerning the investigation and prosecution of ceaseless Color of Law crimes in the Sunshine State should begin and end during President Obama’s next “Terror Tuesday” session. The words, “Just do it,” come to mind … spoken by Barack Obama, to Loretta Lynch.