Police Officer Arrested for Deprivation of Civil Rights
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Michael B. Steinbach, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and J.D. Patterson, Acting Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, announce today the arrest of Prabhainjana Dwivedi, a police officer with the Miami-Dade Police Department, on deprivation of civil rights violations.
More specifically, Officer Dwivedi is charged in a criminal complaint with deprivation of civil rights in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242. According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Officer Dwivedi, while acting as a police officer with the Miami-Dade Police Department, stopped and/or detained a number of individuals without lawful authority thereby depriving those individuals of their civil rights in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242.
Officer Dwivedi was released on a $150,000 dollar personal surety bond. Report regarding counsel is scheduled for September 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. and arraignment is scheduled for September 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. If convicted, Officer Dwivedi faces a statutory maximum of one year for each violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI and MDPD. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Gilbert.
A complaint is only an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
If you have information regarding this investigation, please contact the Miami FBI at (305) 944-9101.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.