Meet Jesus Rodolfo Hernandez. During his short tenure with the Miami-Dade Police Department, he racked up enough controversy to qualify as one of the worst people to wear the department's badge. After being thrown off the force in disgrace, the 26-year-old apparently turned to the illegal sale of monkeys and now could face up to five years in jail.
Hernandez joined the MDPD in 2005. In 2008 he had already had his first brush with controversy when he ended up shooting a business owner who had called police to report a burglary. That man is now suing the county.
Then, in 2009, he begin pulling over drivers and stealing from them. He was eventually caught in a sting when he pulled over a police informant and stole $575 worth of cash and weed.
Hernandez got off with a relatively light sentence: 30 days in jail, two years of probation, and turning over his badge. Though he was also ordered to pay the $25,000 bill for the investigation.
It shouldn't come as much of a shock that a cop who shook down unsuspecting motorists didn't have much respect for the law and criminal justice system in the first place. Not only has he not bothered to pay up, but also it wasn't long before he got caught up in more illegal monkey business.
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No, literally, illegal monkey business.
Hernandez posted an ad online advertising the sale of a marmoset. He was asking $2,700 for the monkey and kept it in an undersize birdcage. State wildlife officials caught him.
According to The Miami Herald, he admitted in court yesterday to the monkey business and to violating his probation. He could walk away once again with only five years of probation. That is, if he pays $5,000 for the cost of the MDPD investigation. If not, he could face up to five years in jail.