UPDATED – Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 5:25 p.m.
A member of Miami Gardens’ police department alleges that city and police department leaders instructed officers to profile based on race, according to CBS Miami. The unnamed officer also said that cops are pressured to meet quotas for stopping people.
The tenured officer, who did not wish to be identified, spoke on what is expected to be the eve of a lawsuit being filed against the City of Miami Gardens, its mayor, the police chief and dozens of other current and former city employees.
“There was a time when the major of patrol came into our roll call and specifically stated to narrow your focus to black males between the ages of 15 to 30,” the officer recalled in an exclusive interview with CBS4′s Lauren Pastrana.
UPDATED – Sunday, November 24, 2013, 12:25 p.m.
Miami Gardens man Earl Sampson (pictured) might have one of the most-extensive rap sheets in the state of Florida, after getting stopped and questioned a whopping 258 times over a four-year period. One curious portion of his record stands out: he has been arrested 62 times for trespassing at a store he actually works in.
As noted by the Miami Herald, just about every citation that Sampson received for trespassing has occurred from him attempting to enter the 207 Quickstop convenience store, his place of employment. The arrests have baffled store owner Alex Saleh, who has taken matters in to his own hands.
Saleh, 36, installed 15 cameras in and around his store, after witnessing the Miami Gardens police force stop and frisk mostly Black and poor citizens attempting to enter the store. According to the report, some patrons received as many as three citations a day for minor violations, including Sampson.
Since June of 2012, Saleh has been filming activity outside his store, which has never been robbed, and his cameras caught the cops in action several times during their shakedowns. Saleh believes that there is a lack of safety because police are abusing their authority and harassing individuals for the sake of it.
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