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Three- year study reveals insights for fighting hate crimes, Miami-Dade State Attorney, FIU, MDPD & SAVE working to end LGBTQ Victimization

Virtual Press Conference: Three- year study reveals insights for fighting hate crimes, Miami-Dade State Attorney, FIU, MDPD & SAVE working to end LGBTQ Victimization

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Miami, Fla. (September 16, 2020) -Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle; Dr. Besiki L. Kutateladze, associate professor of in Florida International University’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and associate director for prosecution and courts in the University’s Center for the Administration of Justice; Miami-Dade Police Department, and Orlando Gonzalez, executive director of Safeguarding American Values for Everyone, Inc. (SAVE) will announce the findings of a U.S. Department of Justice three-year study.

The project focuses on hate crime victimization within Miami’s Latino LGBTQ community. The implications of this research go beyond this particular community and can help improve the criminal justice system’s response to hate crimes motivated by victims’ race, religion, disability, or other identities.

WHO:     The Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney, Dr. Besiki L. Kutateladze, Researcher and Professor, FIU Dept. of Criminology and Criminal Justice and associate director for Prosecution and Courts in the University’s Center for the Administration of Justice, Alfredo Ramirez III, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, and Orlando Gonzales, Executive Director, SAVE Inc.

WHAT:  Hosting a Virtual Press Conference

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 2 p.m.

Please Register for Event here: https://fiu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0od-qtqDsvGtdCeJW729QgPOE4BB3bJ67m

PHOTO/INTERVIEW: Summary of report and findings will be attached.

WATCH:    An expert-filled panel discussion will follow the press conference please go to

PUBLIC EVENT: https://bit.ly/3hHxbpq

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Click here to access these valuable hate crime fighting insights.

For more information, contact Lissette Valdes-Valle, Public Information Officer, at (305) 547-0885 at LissetteValdes-Valle@MiamiSAO.com.

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Miami SAO Partners With Local Police Departments To Rescue Teenage Sex Trafficking Victim

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami Springs Police Chief Armando Guzman, Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements and City of Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina announce the successful rescue of a 14-year-old girl who was allegedly being sold on social media after having run away from home some weeks earlier.

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NDAA Highlights Miami-Style Smart Justice

NDAA Highlights Miami-Style Smart Justice

Each month, the National District Attorneys Association publishes The Prosecutor magazine, the premiere publication for prosecutors around the country. This month’s edition features an article by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Chief Assistant State Attorney Stephen Talpins. The duo partnered to inform the nation about, 21st Century Prosecutions —Miami-Style Smart Justice.”

The article reads: Historically, prosecutors and judges relied almost exclusively on punitive measures, most notably jail or prison sentences, to address and deter criminal activity. However, the traditional punitive approach to justice is unduly expensive, does not work as well as it should, and has unnecessary and devastating consequences for lower level offenders and their families. Thus, we do things differently in Miami-Dade County, Florida. We distinguish between offenders who can be rehabilitated from those who present a real, present, and future danger to our society. We strive to rehabilitate those we can help, while incapacitating those who would do our community real harm despite our best efforts to assist them.

In 1989, we created the nation’s first drug court. Since that time, much has changed, though our approach to justice has not. While more and more district attorneys have begun to experiment with what some call “progressive” solutions, strategic remedial measures that reduce crime,
improve lives, and save money are a matter of tradition in Miami-Dade County. Click here to access the complete article.

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Investigative Report: Antonio De Von Laines

On November 5, 2019, an investigative report was signed by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in the officer involved shooting case involving Antonio De Von Laines.

Click below to view/print investigative report.

Antonio De Von Laines Investigation Report

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Investigative Report: Alexander Carballido

On August 15, 2019 an investigative report was signed by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in the officer involved shooting case involving Alexander Carballido.

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Investigative Report: Neico Crooks

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For Immediate Release: Grand Jury Indicts 2 for Murder in Fentanyl-Related Death Case

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For Immediate Release: Grand Jury Indicts 2
for Murder in Fentanyl-Related Death Case

Click here to access the PDF version.

Miami, Fla. (February 20, 2019) – The Miami-Dade County Grand Jury indicted 21-year-old Karl Schmidt and 52-year-old David Cash for first-degree murder in the fentanyl-related death of 22-year-old Daniel Calle. In the 2018 Florida Legislative Session, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle was able to persuade the Legislature to expand the existing section of Florida’s Murder Statute which addressed the sale of drugs resulting in death [F.S. 782.04 (1)(a)3g] to include Fentanyl. As too many communities already know, Fentanyl has played a major role in the overall increase in opioid deaths, locally and nationally. Prior to the legislative change, a death related to Fentanyl abuse could not be charged in such a manner.

“The opioid epidemic has already taken far too many lives and devastated far too many families” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “Florida law holds responsible those who supply and sell the drugs which lead to a death. In today’s Indictment, the Grand Jury agreed with our belief that the actions of Karl Schmidt and David Cash are responsible for Daniel Calle’s death. The statute was specifically designed to address these circumstances.”

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For further information contact, Ed Griffith, Public Information Officer, at (305) 547-0535 or EdGriffith@MiamiSAO.com.

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North Miami Beach Mayor Resigns After Accepting Plea Deal in Corruption Case

While they were looking at some financial discrepancies… they then discovered these violations of Florida’s election laws.

– State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle

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Investigative Report: Jason Brad Pearce

On March 29, 2018, an investigative report was signed by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in the officer involved shooting case involving Jason Brad Pearce.

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