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.
A jury acquitted the siblings of the assault,
but Daniel Bolaños faced a 2003 retrial on charges he followed the victim after the
fabricated police reports to hurt his accuser's credibility. That same year, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office cleared him of shooting to death a robbery suspect.
pressure from state prosecutors, Bolaños resigned from the force in 2004
and gave up his law enforcement certification. As a result, he avoided the possibility of two official misconduct convictions on his
older brother, Rolando Jr., gave up his cop career later that year
after a criminal investigation found he had not disclosed a grand
theft auto charge when he applied for his job with the Hialeah Police
Department. Junior is facing criminal charges that he robbed a Hialeah bank earlier this year.
In a phone interview earlier today, Daniel Bolaños maintains he was innocent. "I was acquitted by a jury," he says. "At the same time the
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state attorney's office was accusing me of battery, the same office was
still using me as a primary witness in hundreds of other cases."
Bolaños grouses that he was a victim of politics. When he was under investigation, his father was at odds with the Miami-Dade County Police Benevolent Association. He quit the police force because he "didn't have the money to keep fighting."
Following his resignation from the Hialeah PD, then-Mayor Raul Martinez gave him a new job as fraud investigator for the Hialeah Housing Authority, where last year he busted two HHA employees who stole $37,732 in tenants' rent checks and deposited the money into their personal bank accounts.
"I am not ashamed to walk with my head held up high," Bolaños says. "I did nothing wrong."