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To Alexandra Natapoff, founder of a website called Snitching.org and a law professor at Loyola University, Enriquez's story is "terrible...Our criminal justice system has appallingly little protection for informants. This is worst in the case of minors." (The Miami-Dade police training manual includes only one line about juvenile informants, urging that "parents or guardians shall be present during [an] interview.")
Natapoff points out that Enriquez's fate might have been different in California, which passed strict rules in 1998 after the killing of 17-year-old Chad MacDonald, who had been employed by police to help nail a couple of meth dealers. The state legislature moved quickly then to require a court order before juveniles could be used as snitches.
In 2009, Florida passed a law that ordered police departments to set standards for dealing with informants. It was signed by then-governor Charlie Crist in reaction to the murder of Rachel Morningstar Hoffman, a 23-year-old Florida State University graduate who was murdered with the very gun that cops had asked her to buy from two drug dealers.
The crime that cops used to coerce Hoffman into cooperating? She had been caught with marijuana and four Ecstasy pills.
State Rep. Peter Nehr, a Republican from Hoffman's hometown, was the original sponsor of that law. He proposed a much stricter law that would have required greater court oversight of informants, including very young ones. But law enforcement, he says, has a powerful lobby. And representatives are limited in what they can accomplish. "This was a very difficult bill," Nehr says. "I had a lot of opposition. Police and law enforcement don't want limitations."
Ironically, the only stain on the record of Serralta, Enriquez's handler, followed a run-in with state politics. According to police records, the now-lieutenant and his wife started a company called High Ridge Consultants one month before the 2008 election to support the campaign of his brother-in-law, state Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera.
Despite a six-figure salary, Serralta neglected to tell his bosses about the company, which was paid $22,500 and earned a $10,000 profit from Lopez-Cantera's campaign.
Serralta, who called the whole thing "an ugly misunderstanding" in police documents, was reprimanded by his bosses. After reviewing the details, state prosecutor Howard Rosen seemed to rue the fact he couldn't charge the officer with a crime: "While it may not look good to campaign contributors or the general public that a company wholly owned by the candidate's sister and brother-in-law made a profit on the campaign, actual work was done by them and there is nothing to preclude them from making a profit."
Meanwhile, Enriquez is almost out of options. His aunt plans to move soon from the place he has been living. His cash is running out. He has contacted law students at Ave Maria University near Naples for help, but so far they haven't achieved much.
"As a kid, I made bad choices," he says. "I joined the gang out of stupidity, out of boredom, and that came back to haunt me. I take responsibility for that. But as for everything that followed, I blame the system, the whole system."
the other side of the coin are "professional" [i.e. career criminals with complete immunity to prosecution] paid informants who are able to set people up in phony investigations and have them serially victimized when whatever wouldn't have happened unless contrived scenarios of pseudo busts don't work. They get away with murder and the destruction of peoples lives without fear of reprisal and the "agents involved have their agencies to cover them and the situation up "for fear of lawsuits" [if they were that concerned the cases wouldn't have happened in the first place or they'd deal with their criminals in their agencies and area] that's a major problem in Calif and could be here too. Not sure if Fl. allows and covers up people id being used illegally, falsifying testimony, etc and so on
The article was very sad and misconfigered the press enjoys twisting the truth and lieng to the public bosco and his cousin are always carry a trophy for winning in life whether its here or in nicaragua god bless old friends to you and your families
i know this nigga personally. hung with him everyday doing gang shit. some of this article is acurrate, most is not. but nobody made him steal shoes, which according to the writer is what got him deported. this man introduced me to crack. i still struggle with addiction to this day. bosco was hated before, after this article.......do you really want o come back? good riddance.
Hey chuck, did he think about the daughter or other children that he left fatherless for years if not forever? F*+#-&k! Him!........Oh ish, my bad, they did F#$%&&K HIM.
Suks. What comes around goes around. Would feel bad if I didn't know the whole story, but shit he did he didn't have to. Like my man rick James said. "COCAINES A HELL OF A DRUG". Just greatful he didn't take me down with him.
I can't help but feel bad for this guy but honestly how can you blame the 'system' for your poor choices. Yes, you helped take down gangs and all but in the end it was your own stupid decisions that got you where you're at. You have no one to blame but yourself!!
In the education of children there is nothing like alluring the interest and affection, otherwise you only make so many asses laden with books.
@Pingaso i dont understand you say you know this neggah personally and that yall kicked it back in the day, but now you hate the man? cmon dude as us juggalos say, fam is fam regardless. he had a family to worry about, dont that mean anything to you?
@Mannyfreshhhhh our system is flawed, and dont give two fucks about us regular citizens. i live in hialeah and ive seen first hand how corrupt hialeah cops can be. our system just lets things ride and dont care who it affects. yeah the man screwed up, but he was a kid. everyone deserves a second chance. he tried doing the right thing and we fucked him in the end. think about it