Monday, December 9, 2013

Store Video catches Police Abuse in Miami Gardens

Cops who act like this give all police officers a bad name. What can one say about this sad, pathetic situation? --

In Miami Gardens, store video catches cops in the act - Miami Gardens / Opa-locka -
" . . . The videos show, among other things, cops stopping citizens, questioning them, aggressively searching them and arresting them for trespassing when they have permission to be on the premises; officers conducting searches of Saleh’s business without search warrants or permission; using what appears to be excessive force on subjects who are clearly not resisting arrest and filing inaccurate police reports in connection with the arrests. “There is just no justifying this kind of behavior,’’ said Chuck Drago, a former police officer and consultant on police policy and the use of force. “Nobody can justify overstepping the constitution to fight crime.” Repeated phone messages and emails to Miami Gardens Police Chief Matthew Boyd and City Manager Cameron Benson asking for comment on this story were not returned. Boyd did release a statement, saying that the department is committed to serving and protecting the citizens and businesses in the city. But Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union Florida, said that’s exactly what Boyd is NOT doing. “Where is the police chief in all this? In a police department in a city this size, this kind of behavior could not escape his attention. Doesn’t the City Commission know that they are exposing the city to either massive liability for civil rights violations? Either that, or they are going to wake up one day and find the U.S. Department of Justice has taken over its police department.’’. . . ." (read more at link above)

Maybe all cops need to have live microphones, cameras, and tracking GPS on them at all times. Maybe Obama's DOJ needs to start prosecuting these cops as the criminals they are, and throw them into the federal pen where they belong.


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