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A Rogue Ex-Hialeah Cop Wants Katharine Cue's Seat

Apparently Daniel Bolaños hopes Hialeah voters have a short memory or don't care about his checkered past. How else can one explain why the disgraced former cop is running for a seat on the city council?

He is challenging councilwoman Katharine Cue, who was appointed to the council late last year despite documentation indicating she was not a Hialeah resident at the time she was selected.

In 1998, a Hialeah man accused Bolaños and his brother Rolando Jr. of taking him to a parking lot and beating him up. He was just one of eight alleged victims who claimed the Bolaños brothers assaulted them. 
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What made the brothers' behavior even more appalling was that their father, Rolando Sr., was the city's police chief -- who broke the spirit of the state's anti-nepotism laws by constantly having his subordinates cover for his sons.

Although a jury acquitted the siblings of the assault,

Daniel faced a 2003 retrial on charges he followed the victim after the

beating and

fabricated police reports to hurt his accuser's credibility. That same year, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office cleared Daniel of shooting to death a robbery suspect. 


Under pressure from state prosecutors, Daniel resigned from the force in 2004 and gave up his law enforcement certification. As a result, Daniel avoided the possibility of two official misconduct convictions on his record.

His older brother, Rolando Jr., gave up his cop career later that year after a criminal investigation turned up he had not disclosed a grand theft auto charge when he applied for his job with the Hialeah Police Department. Junior is facing charges he robbed a Hialeah bank earlier this year.

So, on November 3, Hialeah voters are probably better off staying home. In fact, they should just boycott the city elections on general principle.

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