Via Huffington Post Miami:
A second high-ranking employee of Miami-Dade Public Schools has been reassigned as the district investigates allegations of overusing the Baker Act.
Suzy Milano-Berrios, the director of mental health and crisis management, has been removed to the attendance services office.
Allegations that district police were instructed by then-Chief Charles Hurley to Baker Act, rather than arrest, students in an effort to pad crime statistics first surfaced in mid-May with the filing of several complaints from "high-ranking" officers.
The Baker Act, known officially as the Florida Mental Health Act, allows law enforcement to place individuals who are a risk to themselves under “temporary detention for evaluation.” If necessary, they can be placed in a treatment facility for up to 72 hours.
Statistics show Baker Act cases in Miami-Dade schools have nearly doubled in the last five years; records from the 2011-2012 school year indicate 646 instances in Miami-Dade but just 120 in Broward County and 250 in Palm Beach County, the state's top two and fifth-largest districts...