Miami Gardens police accused of rampant stop and frisk abuse. A convenience-store owner in suburban Miami said he is preparing to file a federal civil rights lawsuit accusing local police of unlawfully stopping and searching his customers, after his security cameras allegedly captured officers questioning a disproportionate number of African-American patrons.
The Miami Herald said the stops were conducted as part of the Miami Gardens Police Department's zero-tolerance crime-reduction program. Shop owner Alex Saleh told Al Jazeera that for nearly three years he watched police officers stop and frisk his customers, most of whom were black. He said the situation reached a point that some customers would call and ask for permission to enter the store. "I would say, 'Yes, of course you're welcome. Why are you even asking? ' Saleh said that last year he set up several cameras in his shop to record what was going on. One of his employees, Earl Sampson, has been stopped and questioned by officers 258 times in four years while at work, according to Saleh. Death of Florida inmate left in scalding hot shower ruled 'accidental' Darren Rainey was scalded to death in a shower inside of Miami’s Dade Correctional Institute in June of 2012.
Scalded to death. Rainey, a diagnosed schizophrenic, was left inside a shower that reached a temperature of 180 degrees in the psychiatric ward as punishment for so long that his skin came off. And the people who made the decision to leave him in that shower for so long that his skin came off will not be held accountable for that action. Darren Rainey’s death has been ruled an accident. In June of 2012, Mark Joiner was an inmate in the Dade Correctional Institute. On the floor of a small shower stall he was ordered to clean, he saw a single blue canvas shoe and what he later realized was large chunks of human skin. According to witnesses in the institution, this type of behavior by corrections officers is not out of the ordinary. Corey Jones shooting: officer involved had previous suspension threat. The plainclothes police officer who shot dead a 31-year-old black man in southern Florida was threatened with suspension at his previous department after holding on to prescription drugs that he seized from a suspect.
Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja, who killed Corey Jones, was reprimanded by commanders at Atlantis police department for being “derelict in the performance of his duties” by repeatedly mishandling evidence and paperwork, according to his disciplinary file. Pills confiscated by Raja from a woman who obtained them without a prescription in January 2013 were discovered in Raja’s patrol car more than a week later. “Officer Raja said he never did the report and he never secured the evidence,” his sergeant wrote in the file. Jones’s family has recruited Benjamin Crump, the prominent civil rights lawyer who represented the families of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice after they were killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, and Cleveland, Ohio, last year. WATCH: Unarmed black woman beaten and tackled by Florida cops for filming arrest of her husband. A black woman who was punched and tackled to the ground by two white Jacksonville policemen for filming the arrest of her husband claims the cops stole her phone with a recording on the incident, reports NewsJax4.
According to Kelli Wilson, she went down to a local convenience store to record the arrest of her husband and retrieve their car when she was assaulted by the two cops who demanded her name and told her to put her phone away and stop recording. “I was beaten, and then falsely arrested, my phone was stolen, my car was taken. It was a traumatic experience. It was definitely an experience you never think you would be going through,” said Wilson. Although police confiscated her phone, video of her arrest was captured by surveillance cameras that showed the unarmed woman talking to the police before they charged, attempting to grab her phone with one officer seen punching her while the other one held her arms.
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Black woman died days after prison guard threatened to beat her — now her family wants to know why. The family of a 36-year-old black woman found dead in a Florida prison cell, days after a prison guard threatened her life, has filed suit against the state claiming prison authorities are engaged in a cover-up.
According to the Miami Herald, the family of Latandra Ellington says the mother of four had been beaten, subjected to inhumane treatment and did not receive proper medical care. Florida Cop Treating Homeless Man Like A Zoo Animal. A Sarasota, Florida police officer has been exposed on surveillance footage treating a handcuffed homeless man like an animal, throwing peanuts at the man while he begged for food.
Sarasota has been ranked “meanest city in America” toward the homeless, this according to a national homeless advocacy organization. In the surveillance video we see a Sarasota police officer Andrew Halpin taunting and throwing peanuts at the handcuffed homeless man, Randy Miller at the Sarasota County jail. screengrab The disgusting surveillance video shows Halpin treating Miller like a dog being trained to catch a treat.
White Florida cop fired after body-cam shows him Tasering black man with his hands up. A white Florida police officer is out of a job after his superiors watched video taken by his body-cam showing him Tasering a black man with his hands up as he stood inside the door of his home, the Tampa Bay Times is reporting.
“It certainly hurts to (fire an officer), but I’m here to do the right thing for the community,” Zephyrhills police Chief David Shears said he had fired police officer Tim Claussen over the Sept. 9 incident. In the video, Claussen repeatedly asked the suspect — identified as 42-year-old Lester Brown — to step out through his door as Brown professed innocence while putting his hands in the air as Claussen aimed his Taser at him. “Come outside now,” Claussen said, “or you’re about to get tased. Florida police union uses Facebook photos to smear woman who posted video of cop punching teen. Miami cop pulled 5-year-old’s ear then marched him to squad car in handcuffs after school fight over toy.
A Miami police officer was suspended from duty after he reportedly yanked a 5-year-old boy’s ear and handcuffed him at school.
According to Miami’s Local10.com, parent Hector Feliciano said that Officer Paul Gourrier of the Miami Police Department seized his son by the ear and then handcuffed his hands behind his back after the boy bit another child in a dispute over a toy. The incident took place on Feb. 9 and was the latest in a series of clashes between the two boys. Teacher Michelle Svayg took the child to guidance counselor Margarita Fernandez’ office for a meeting with the counselor Officer Gourrier. Fernandez told police that the boy continued to misbehave in her office, treating the disciplinary meeting “as if everything was a joke.” The counselor claims that she did not see the officer pull the boy’s ear, but that Gourrier asked the boy if he knew what would happen to him if he continued to attack other students. WATCH: Miami cop pummels handcuffed teen pot suspect for no apparent reason. A Miami police officer has been suspended after video showed him punch a handcuffed teenager in the back of a patrol car.
The officer arrested the teen Thursday in Liberty Square after officers found some marijuana nearby, reported WPLG-TV. A bystander recorded video of the arrest, which shows the unidentified officer talking to the youth seated in the cruiser’s back seat. Florida police officers fired after rupturing man’s spleen and leaving him screaming in pain for 2 hours. A Florida police officer and sergeant were fired after a man who was arrested for skipping out on a $60 bar tab was kneed so hard it ruptured his spleen.
He was then left screaming in pain a cell for two hours, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Robert Liese, 41, was drunk when he was arrested last year. The handcuffed man broke some glass on a cell door when he banged his head into it. In response, Orlando Police officer Peter Delio reportedly entered his cell and kneed him in the side so hard that it ruptured his spleen.