As a result of an investigation undertaken by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, Florida City Police Officer Ken Armenteros has been charged with two (2) counts of Official Misconduct (3rd Degree Felonies) related to activities that took place at 815 Northwest 5th Court, Florida City, on Monday, September 12, 2016.
The initial circumstances involved the arrest on that date of an individual named Christopher Maurice Lewis and focused on activities initiated at approximately 3:30 p.m. that afternoon. Off-duty Florida City Police Officer Ken Armenteros was riding his personally-owned motorcycle when he claimed to have been flagged down by Christopher Maurice Lewis at a location described by police officers as being “known for narcotics sales”. Officer Armenteros reported that he pulled his motorcycle over to check if the individual needed assistance and was solicited for a marijuana sale. According to Officer Armenteros, Christopher Maurice Lewis indicated that he also had a lot of cocaine at his house and told Armenteros to follow him. At the 815 Northwest 5th Court location, Officer Armenteros displays his badge and tries to effectuate an arrest while also observing what appeared to be a “large paper package resembling a brick, open in the middle with a large white rocky substance” inside the residence. After pulling out his cell phone to call for police back up, Armenteros stated that Lewis reached for the officer’s gun in “an attempt to disarm him,” and struck Armenteros. Florida City Police arrived on the scene, rushed the house, and arrested Lewis on a variety of felonies.
Further investigation revealed that a number of Officer Armenteros’ statements and representations did not match the observations of other on-scene police officers. Additionally, the official reports and the Arrest Affidavit, represented as being authored and signed by Florida City Police Officer Manuel Neyra, were in fact written by Officer Armenteros. As a result, Officer Ken Armenteros is being charged with knowingly falsifying the Arrest Affidavit and knowingly falsifying or causing another person to falsify the Offense Incident Report related to the arrest of Christopher Maurice Lewis.
“A police officer’s credibility is one of his most valuable law enforcement tools,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “The filing of any false document undermines that officer’s ability to testify in court. As State Attorney, I know that one can never truly discover the truth once it has been layered with distortions or lies.”
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