Unions will not allow body cameras. The union contracts are airtight. Hard enough to get LPRs or in-car cameras. You probably will never see crime mapping in Miami Beach.
The local TV news was ridiculous. Take the 'reporters' out of their canned environments, and they are utterly clueless. LOL. Talk about glass ceilings!
Photos ----where are photos send them to me firstname.lastname@example.org
Guaranteed: there will be a workaround on the body cams.
Grant Stern has some photos. TheOnlyInMiamiShow. Peaceful protest.The protest was a huge inconvenience to residents and tourists but Eric Garner is still dead at the hands of NYC cops. The public still needs cops to wear body cameras.
I have photos and video. It will be up by tomorrow morning.
Photos are up. No video.
As chicken Little once said "the sky is falling". Now the anarchist minded left, more interested in passing marihuana laws and destroying the core of the American family go out on the streets to protest alleged police brutality. Did it ever occur to those misguided souls that in this country we have a rule of law and that a grand jury system is in place to ensure that citizens who may be charged with a capital crime are tried once the evidence shows proof beyond a reasonable doubt? How many of you malcontents has ever had to tackle and bring down a 350, 6''04 individual to place him in handcuffs when he is resisting your efforts? Whether you are selling single cigarettes or toting a gun is immaterial. When a police officer gives you an order you oblige. They are the last line of defense between us and total anarchy. Go on and continue to follow the advise of racist provocateurs like Sharpton, Jackson and Farakan, one fine day you may find that your house and property no longer belongs to you and you are a servant of a communist state. Keep destroying the system that made our nation a free and democratic society for the benefit of the criminals, you may just get your wish one day.
Whatever message these people were trying to send is lost on me for the fact they blocked a main highway to send a message. The message received was I couldn't get to work and I don't get paid when I don't go to work! Memories of Elian Gonzales and that stupidity still linger and I want to know who is going to be responsible to protect the taxpaying, working people who couldn't because of these "pop up" protest, which were all good and well until they decided to put people at risk on the highway.
What nobody argues are these "victims" were criminals. The irony is the same rule of law that protesters decry now will ultimately award the estate and the attorneys of these criminals millions. And guess where those millions will come from. the same pot of money that pay for police.
As chicken Little poster said, nobody likes to live in a Communist setup, what he fails to recognize is that a Fascist Stacy state under the guise of democracy is equally detestable. Living on the receiving end, you would comprehend this easily. Just think of it, one deserves to choke to death for selling single cigarets, wile another gets to paint water colors in retirement in Texas, after visiting death and destruction and destroying the state of Millions of people!Can you wrap your head around this one????
Eric Garner was innocent into proven quilty. He never got his day in court. Police choked him to death first.
300 malcontents decide to block traffic on I-95 to protest "peacefully" inconveniencing thousands of travelers and creating a similar situation as the one that preceded the McDuffie riots when numerous white motorists were pulled out of their cars by African Americans and beaten to death simply because of the color of their skin. If you do not wish to be chased by police and tased do not spray graffiti on someone's property for the sake of what you consider "art". If you do not wish to be shot by police, do not strong arm convenience stores and try to beat up police officers. Last night the remaining 2 million law abiding residents of this county remained at home and silently hoped for police to arrest the 300 protesters who blocked traffic, bring back law and order and keep the peace
Great Pictures. Thanks Al Crespo.
While at it post some photos of the damage caused by looters at the establishments of local merchants in Ferguson who lost their livelihood and means of providing jobs to the citizens of that small town simply because members of the African American community refuse to accept law and order and will trade their principles for a quick grab of a bottle of booze or a TV set from a looted store. Did not see members of any other ethnic community burning down L.A. when O.J. Simpson was set free. And we all know what happened there!
My question is a simple one. How many protesters are registered voters? Of those who are registered to vote, how many actually voted in the last statewide election? In a democracy, voting by the masses is the very best way to implement and maintain change in public policies.
I see what you mean. Malcolm X summed up the situation in his famous speech in the 60s called "The Ballot or the Bullet". In it he made clear that if people don't vote, the situation will deteriorate to the point that bullets are needed to effect justice. In our situation here we don't know how many people who are eligible to vote are not registered. However, we do know that 60% of those who are registered to vote did not vote in the last election.We must help people connect the dots. The people you elect, hire police departments, create laws, and determine policing philosophies. If you don't like what is happening, first get people registered to vote. Then vote out the people who created and hired the offending police departments. Work with the newly elected person/s on new policies, laws, and new police personnel covering your neighborhoods. Work toward some sense of equality in the police departments. For example in communities like Ferguson where 60% of the population is Black, the police department should not be 99.99999% White.
Humm... 60% of the population Black, yet only 0.00001% of the police force Black? That is a formula for chaos. The Justice Department needs to have the computers just look at those two variables, and see what the situation is around the country. Ferguson would have popped out on a printout, before all of this happened. There may be others. We need to get to them before chaos begins.
anonymous talks too much and says too little. small wonder he is "anonymous."
After the McDuffie riots both the Miami Dade Police Department and the City of Miami Police Department began the task of restructuring their departments according to the percentage of ethnicities living in the area. Today, both police departments are pretty evenly distributed in ethnic quotas, the directors are both Hispanic and African American and yet, there is still tension in those African American communities the two departments patrol. The problem is much deeper than that. It has to do with the adoration of the African American community in those poor areas for the Hip-Hop crowd who in the last 30 years have painted police as killers and women as property items fit to be kicked around. The mindset of the majority of young African American males in those poor areas is that the police is "out to get them" and any contact with police becomes a recipe for violence. In the last five years the Miami Dade Police Department has lost three young officers at the hands of young African American males. Several other officers have been shot, pummeled with cinder blocks and stabbed in the course of that period by again young African American males. The police departments these days guard themselves against lawsuits by preaching proper techniques and good community relations; however, when the rubber hits the road and it comes down between their life and that of a subject of any race, police officers will safeguard their lives because at the end of the day, they have to survive and go home to their families. The police departments have to continue working on those community relations but the African American community it serves must learn to work with the police instead of resorting to violence or senseless rioting every time an encounter goes wrong. Every day across our country there are thousands of encounters between police officers and citizens and inevitably a minute percentage of those encounters will result in violence and or the possible death of the police officer or the citizen.
To the gentleman labeled 'Anonymous' and his statement that no other ethnic groups participated in looting, that is patently false. In fact most of the community of South Central Los Angeles where the rioting is centered was Mexican, Salvadoran and African-American. Many mestizo (Salvadoran, Guatemalan or Mexican) looters were also visible. Looting is never acceptable and I deplore it whenever it is done, by whoever is doing it. What is also not acceptable is attempting to racialize the discussion using examples of crimes and misdeeds and identifying them as "black" behaviors. Looters are looters, regardless of their race. The overwhelming majority of the protesters were not looting. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. I am a Miamian originally from St. Louis who is in St. Louis for graduate school this semester before returning to Miami and I saw much of the protests live on television and saw the aftermath the following day.Other victims are black, brown, Asian or white. There are also white people who have been abused by police excessive use of force. The central issue is not the color of the individual killed, but the police (some, not all) insistence on brute force as the only tool in their toolbox.
I also wondered what percent of protesters actually vote, there was a party mood at the protest, maybe around elections the same celebratory and partying atmosphere should happen to encourage voting. By the way only voting is not enough, follow up on candidate integrity is also essential.
Next time some criminals want to block I-195 I hope the police make arrests.
Brute force is not the only tool in the box for police but at a certain point in an encounter with a citizen a police officer makes a determination whether or not he has enough probable cause to make an arrest. Once that decision is made and he tells the citizen he is under arrest most citizens comply and a small number resist and others fight the arrest. Under Florida law an officer does not have to retreat from conducting his lawful duties. The proper conduct for a citizen is to allow yourself to be arrested and have your day in court. We pay police officers a salary to do their jobs and protect us from the criminal element. Nothing in their contract says they have to allow criminals to hurt or kill them.
We need to take a very close look at young men of all ethnicities. Obama has his hands full, but the next President is going to have to address their situation. A lot of them are not raised with fathers who demand discipline, and a work ethic. They need training, jobs, and discipline. They need to be busy working on productive things in the community. When people are busy working on a job, or learning something, they don't have time for spontaneous demonstrations. You can only do that when you have nothing to do all day, and are looking for some excitement.
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