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Miami Body Cam Footage of 2017 Arrest is Being Reviewed By Independent Panel

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According to reporting from NBC 6 South Florida, an independent civilian panel is preparing to review the police body cam footage of a “rough arrest” that occurred nearly two years ago. The footage of the 2017 incident — newly released to the public — shows a suspect in an armed robbery case being arrested… Read More »

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Despite Legal Reforms, Miami Area Police are Arresting More People for Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession

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In 2015, Miami-Dade adopted a new marijuana possession law. In misdemeanor marijuana possession cases — meaning cases where the defendant is alleged to possess 20 grams or less — Miami-Dade police officers can simply issue a fine for the offense. This citation is similar to a basic traffic violation, like a speeding ticket. Yet,… Read More »

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Miami Beach Police Chief Sends Letter to College Administrators; Warns ‘Spring Breakers’ of Strict Law Enforcement in 2019

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On December 5th, 2018, the Miami New Times reported that Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates has sent letters to several local college administrators as well as the presidents of local sororities and fraternities. This letter warns that the city is planning to strictly enforce all laws during Spring Break 2019 — a break… Read More »

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Florida Police Arrest an Elderly Woman; Charged for Aiding Nigeria-Based Fraud Scheme

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According to reporting from the Traverse City Record Eagle, Sylvia Jackson Williams — an 80-year-old woman from Columbia County, Florida — was arrested and charged with fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud for her alleged role in aiding and abetting a Nigeria-based check fraud scam. Law enforcement officers report that a Michigan couple that… Read More »

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Florida Man Arrested After He Used High-Tech License Plate to Dodge Tolls

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According to reporting from CBS Miami, the Miami-Dade Police Department has arrested a Florida man who allegedly used a sophisticated license plate cover in order to avoid paying highway tolls. Robert Craig Davis of Key Largo, Florida was arrested after he was allegedly caught in the act using the advanced license plate cover to… Read More »

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Three Arrested After Miami Gardens Paintball Shooting

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On October 31st, 2018, the Miami Herald reported that the Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD) has arrested three individuals — Tyrese Ferguson, Antwon Adam, and an unidentified minor — after a spree of paintball gun shootings left several people injured in neighborhoods across the region. The three were allegedly driving around Miami area communities,… Read More »

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Three Miami Police Officers Arrested in Drug Bust

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On October 24th, 2018, NBC News reported that three Miami police officers have been arrested on federal drug trafficking charges. Prosecutors allege that the officers — James Archibald, Schonton Harris, and Kelvin Harris — accepted money to work protection for a South Florida drug distribution ring. Prosecutors state that the officers believed that the… Read More »

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Miami-Dade Police Officer Charged With Tax Fraud

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According to reporting from WPLG Local 10 Miami, a Miami-Dade police officer has been arrested and charged with tax fraud. Ebony Nesbitt of North Miami is accused of violating federal tax law. The misconduct is alleged to have occurred prior to her joining of the police department. In a press release, the United States… Read More »

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Federal Prosecutors Accuse South Florida Police Officers of Framing 16-Year-Old

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On June 13th, 2018, National Public Radio (NPR) published a shocking story that came out of the South Florida town of Biscayne Park. With just over 3,000 people, it is not often that the this small Miami-Dade County community makes national headlines. Unfortunately, the headlines in this case are not good. According to federal… Read More »

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Know Your Rights: Can Florida Police Search Your Cell Phone?

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Your smartphone carries an enormous amount of sensitive information about you and your life. If you have been arrested or detained by a Florida police officer, they may want to look through your phone. However, you have a legal right to keep your phone and its contents free from an unreasonable search. Florida police… Read More »

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I am a Victim of Police Brutality. What are my Rights?

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During an arrest and in the interrogation and custody that follow, you have certain civil rights. One of these rights is the right to be handled humanely by police. Using excessive force to subdue or restrain a suspect is an act of police brutality and a violation of the suspect’s civil rights. Police brutality… Read More »

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The Problem of “Equitable Sharing” By Police Departments – Part 2

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In a previous post we shared information on the troubling practice of “equitable sharing” by police departments across the country. As outlined in a helpful Washington Post story this year, laws passed in the wake of September 11th to crack down on alleged national security threats are now being used to seize enormously valuable… Read More »

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The Problem of “Equitable Sharing” By Police Departments – Part 1

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When most Miami residents think about the consequences of a criminal conviction, jail or prison time comes to mind. Unlike civil convictions, with a crime, the loss of one’s physical liberty is in jeopardy. This is one key reason why it is critical to secure the aid of an experience defense lawyer whenever you… Read More »

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