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Friday, November 22, 2013

Stop and Frisk--and Arrest

Most amazing-but-true story comes from the Miami Herald on the stop and frisk--and frequently arrest--actions of local police involving one convenience store.  Where the owner installed 15 video cameras not to film robberies (he's never suffered one) but the cops, who frequently arrest customers, even shop employees, on bogus minor charges, such as trespassing--yes, even workers who obviously are allowed to be there.  See story and videos.
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.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/21/3769823/in-miami-gardens-store-video-catches.html#storylink=cpy

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