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    I ran across this discussion on a web site I check out once in a while. I would like to get your imput on this if possible. If you want,I will provide a link to the forum it is from.

    **I was beat up, handcuffed and arrested by Miami police after photographing them against their wishes
    The cops slammed me to the pavement even though I offered no resistance, causing a deep abrasion on my right knee.

    One cop grabbed me by the back of the head and repeatedly bashed my forehead against the sidewalk, causing abrasions and swelling to the right side of my forehead.

    Another cop grabbed my right hand and bent it backwards in a 90 degree angle, causing me to scream out in pain and continued to do so even after the handcuffs were placed on me.

    As I verbally protested, one cop threatened me with a taser gun if I did not stop talking.

    I was charged with five counts of disobeying a police officer, one count of obstructing justice, one count of obstructing traffic, one count of disorderly conduct and one count of resisting arrest without violence.

    I ended up spending 16 hours in the Miami-Dade County Jail, a rat-infested building that is more Abu Ghraib than American Grade.

    I plan on suing the Miami Police Department for false arrest, excessive violence, destruction of personal property, including a $400 camera flash and medical expenses incurred as I had to go to urgent care for x-rays. At the doctor's request, I also need to get an MRI to make sure there is no internal bleeding in my skull.

    Today, I will contact the Miami ACLU office about this, where I happen to be a card-carrying member.

    The incident occurred Tuesday night on Biscayne Blvd and 69th Street, where I was on a journalism assignment about the transition of Biscayne Blvd from seedy motel strip to trendy urban center. I had spent the day at the Anna Nicole Smith Media Circus
    and I was now switching gears towards more serious journalism. I had just finished a cell phone conversation with one of my editors about the progress I was making on this story.

    After hanging up, I walked over to an area where five cops were questioning a man, threatening him with arrest for reasons that were unknown to me. The cops were standing in a gravel construction area between the road and the sidewalk. I was standing on the gravel as well, but I was about 20 yards from them. The gravel area is part of the expansion construction that has been ongoing on the Blvd, which will eventually convert the street from two lanes to four lanes.

    One of the cops told me to keep walking because this was a "private matter".
    I said that I will not keep walking because this is a "public street".

    Within seconds, the five officer left the man they were questioning alone and came after me. One cop escorted me across the road. As I stood on the sidewalk on the opposite side of the road, the cops began surrounding me, which was when I took several more photos.

    That was when they slammed me against the pavement, bashed my forehead repeatedly against the sidewalk, pulled my wrist back in an extreme unnatural position and threatened to shoot me with a taser gun.

    On the arrest affidavit, the cops lied several times in order to justify their arrest. They accused me of photographing them without identifying myself, which is not true (and not even against the law as far as I know). As soon as one of the officers questioned me about taking photos, I immediately identified myself by name and stated that I was a journalist.

    They accused me of stating that “I can do whatever the hell I want” when I said no such thing. I remained professional throughout the entire incident, even as I tried to remind them that I had a full legal right to photograph them.

    And they accused me of standing in the middle of Biscayne Blvd while I was taking photos, obstructing traffic, which is why they had to arrest me. This is not true, as anybody familiar with the street can confirm, I would have been struck by a car within seconds.

    In fact, one of the photographs I took as they approached me clearly shows that Biscayne Blvd is behind them.**

  • #2
    OK Ill bite first.
    YOU are not going to get a serious answer to your problems, I mean your friends issue with the Miami PD.
    Iam sure we would like the link BUT Iam sure its for some liberal *** CRAPwatch website. If not and Iam totally wrong {its happened once before}
    then post the link...
    BUT no way we as police are going to comment on an issue where we were NOT THERE and neither were you...
    I got nothing for now

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    • #3
      Originally posted by dirthauler

      The cops slammed me to the pavement even though I offered no resistance, causing a deep abrasion on my right knee.

      One cop grabbed me by the back of the head and repeatedly bashed my forehead against the sidewalk, causing abrasions and swelling to the right side of my forehead.

      Another cop grabbed my right hand and bent it backwards in a 90 degree angle, causing me to scream out in pain and continued to do so even after the handcuffs were placed on me.

      As I verbally protested, one cop threatened me with a taser gun if I did not stop talking.
      sounds like some kind of sick fantasy to me. lol.

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      • #4
        I guess I should make something clear. He is not a friend of mine. I don't even know this guy. Like I said, It was posted on a forum that I know about. Here is a link to the forum:

        http://www.democraticunderground.com...mesg_id=272761

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        • #5
          [QUOTE=e-man]OK Ill bite first.
          YOU are not going to get a serious answer to your problems, I mean your friends issue with the Miami PD.
          Iam sure we would like the link BUT Iam sure its for some liberal *** CRAPwatch website. If not and Iam totally wrong {its happened once before}
          then post the link...
          BUT no way we as police are going to comment on an issue where we were NOT THERE and neither were you...[/QUOTE]

          You were right on one part.

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          • #6
            OK. I'll give you a serious response. It's impossible to give you a meaningful answer without hearing both sides in the matter.

            Even then, any opinion we offer would be meaningless, because it is the job of the courts to hear all the evidence and decide what is appropriate in such cases (and not a bunch of folks on an internet forum).
            Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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            • #7
              I suppose that Sergeant in the foreground just turned his back, and allowed this assault under the color of authority to happen Give me a break
              "Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought" ~Henri Louis Bergson
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              • #8
                Basically what I am asking is if you all think this guy is full of it?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dirthauler
                  Basically what I am asking is if you all think this guy is full of it?
                  No one here has any basis on which to have an opinion. Everything that was in your original post could have happened. It could also be a complete fantasy. We are content to let the courts examine the facts and the evidence and render a decision. Once that happens, someone here might have an informed opinion.
                  Tim Dees, now writing as a plain old forum member, his superpowers lost to an encounter with gold kryptonite.

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                  • #10
                    "One of the cops told me to keep walking because this was a "private matter".
                    I said that I will not keep walking because this is a "public street"."

                    Well, here's a great way to get my attention. Then "he" starts taking pictures of me. Tell your friend to listen when the police tell him to keep walking. The unknown guy was probably being threatened with arrest for a viable reason, since it was unknown to your friend why he was possibly going to be arrested.
                    But I do like the idiocy of that website. I think I'll start some trouble

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mickmack111
                      "One of the cops told me to keep walking because this was a "private matter".
                      I said that I will not keep walking because this is a "public street"."

                      Well, here's a great way to get my attention. Then "he" starts taking pictures of me. Tell your friend to listen when the police tell him to keep walking. The unknown guy was probably being threatened with arrest for a viable reason, since it was unknown to your friend why he was possibly going to be arrested.
                      But I do like the idiocy of that website. I think I'll start some trouble
                      I don't even know the guy. I am a member of a forum called conservativeunderground.com We have a section called best/worst of DU. I ran across this thread over at democraticunderground and i just wanted to get some responses from here. I figured that you all could see what idiots are out there.

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                      • #12
                        Speculative translation of the original story......

                        Guy sees officers dealing with someone. Guy gets a lot closer than the 20 yards that he states in his version. Officers take notice of him and ask him to move along since they do not know him and have no idea what his true intentions are. Guy decides to play street lawyer and argue about what his rights are. Guy is then arrested for obstructing or a similar charge. He possibly resists and forces officers to take a step up on the use of force scale and maybe recieves some minor injuries in the scuffle. During his attempt to resist and the officers trying to overcome that resistance, his camera falls and is broken. Guy later publishes his embellished story on a web site playing to his target audience.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by lowdrag
                          Speculative translation of the original story......

                          Guy sees officers dealing with someone. Guy gets a lot closer than the 20 yards that he states in his version. Officers take notice of him and ask him to move along since they do not know him and have no idea what his true intentions are. Guy decides to play street lawyer and argue about what his rights are. Guy is then arrested for obstructing or a similar charge. He possibly resists and forces officers to take a step up on the use of force scale and maybe recieves some minor injuries in the scuffle. During his attempt to resist and the officers trying to overcome that resistance, his camera falls and is broken. Guy later publishes his embellished story on a web site playing to his target audience.
                          That sounds about right.

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                          • #14
                            Sounds like obstruction to me...

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