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Prosecutors toss conviction of black man they say was framed

August 11, 2018

MIAMI (AP) — Florida prosecutors have thrown out the burglary convictions of Haitian man who served four years in prison and was then deported after they say police framed him.

The Miami Herald reports that Miami-Dade prosecutors on Friday asked a judge to strike the conviction of Clarens Desrouleaux, who was arrested by the Biscayne Park police in 2013. The small village is being targeted by federal prosecutors who say a former police chief ordered officers to arrest innocent black men and people with criminal records and charge them with unsolved burglaries to improve crime stats.

Charges against most were dropped before trial, but Desrouleaux had an extensive record and pleaded guilty in a deal that reduced his possible sentence from 30 years. He was deported to his native Haiti last year.

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