Miami-Dade police investigate an entire squad of Kendall cops

(MIAMI HERALD)   A Kendall District police squad, made up of five to six officers and a sergeant, has been put on suspension with pay while the Miami-Dade Police Internal Affairs Bureau conducts an investigation.

The squad has been on suspension for at least a month. But Miami-Dade police have little else to say other than that Internal Affairs in investigating their conduct while on duty.

Maj. James O’Donnell, who heads the Kendall District station, said: “At this point they are under investigation for actions conducted while on their work schedule. Once the investigation is complete, appropriate action will be taken, if necessary.”

Although police internal affairs investigations of individual officers are not uncommon with an agency as large as the Miami-Dade Police Department, a probe of an entire squad is unusual.

Documents pertaining to internal investigations of police officers are exempt from Florida’s public records law until the probe is complete.

The boundaries of the Kendall District are Southwest 40th Street (Bird Road) to the north, Southwest 152nd Street (Coral Reef Drive) to south, Biscayne Bay on the east and Florida’s Turnpike on the west.

The chairman of the Kendall District police station Citizen’s Advisory Committee, Barry White, said he is only the middle person between Kendall district residents and the police department.

“There is nothing I can tell you about any of that. I avoid it and I don’t want to get involved,” Barry said in an interview.

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