Police Abuse

Arrested 'Gang Members' To Be Compensated After Revelations That They Were Bullied Into Participating

Police generate "criminals" with threats

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TAMPA — In addition to a $260,000 settlement from the city of Tampa, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has agreed to pay a total of $215,000 to 10 victims of a botched gang roundup.

In 2006, more than 100 officers raided the Caribbean American Club, arresting 52 on racketeering charges. Most accepted plea deals for probation.

Then in 2008, the case unraveled. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Daniel Sleet threw out charges against 23 people after learning that many of the supposed Latin King gang members were bullied into going to the meeting by Luis "Danny" Agosto, a felon turned confidential informant for the FBI and Tampa police.