law enforcement http://wlrn.org en Domestic Violence Or Human Trafficking? The State Is Just Learning To Tell http://wlrn.org/post/domestic-violence-or-human-trafficking-state-just-learning-tell <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Katherine Fernandez Rundle, State Attorney for Miami-Dade County, says she had never heard of any criminal cases involving human-trafficking victims in Miami.</span></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:23:28 +0000 Wilson Sayre 27043 at http://wlrn.org Domestic Violence Or Human Trafficking? The State Is Just Learning To Tell How Miami Is Grappling With The Rights Of Homeless People http://wlrn.org/post/how-miami-grappling-rights-homeless-people <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">James </span>Lature<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> spends much of his time between North West </span>16<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>17<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Streets behind the ACE Hardware store. It’s as close to home as it gets.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Born in South Carolina and raised in Miami, he has spent the last 20 years getting to know the streets of the city by sleeping on them most nights.</span></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:27:10 +0000 Wilson Sayre 22678 at http://wlrn.org How Miami Is Grappling With The Rights Of Homeless People Supreme Court Will Hear Case On Executions And Mental Disability http://wlrn.org/post/supreme-court-will-hear-case-executions-and-mental-disability The standard by which a person is judged to be mentally competent enough to face execution for a crime will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which agreed Monday to hear a Florida case revolving around that issue.<p>The capital punishment case, <em>Hall, Freddie L. v. Fla.,</em> centers on the standard for judging mental disability and how state officials arrive at that judgment. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:40:20 +0000 Bill Chappell 22433 at http://wlrn.org Mexican State's Anti-Corruption Plan: Hire Female Traffic Cops http://wlrn.org/post/mexican-states-anti-corruption-plan-hire-female-traffic-cops In the central State of Mexico, officials are trying a new approach to fight corruption.<p>Authorities<strong> </strong>have hired hundreds of women and put them in charge of issuing all traffic violations. They're trying to crack down on the famous <em>mordida</em>, or bribe — a favorite among Mexico's crooked traffic cops.<p>Authorities say women are more trustworthy and less corrupt than men. But the plan has run into a few snags.<p><strong>Choosing Female Cops</strong><p>About a dozen women in black uniforms and caps stand at attention. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:39:44 +0000 Carrie Kahn 21335 at http://wlrn.org Mexican State's Anti-Corruption Plan: Hire Female Traffic Cops Why The City Of Miami Finds It Hard To Hire New Cops http://wlrn.org/post/why-city-miami-finds-it-hard-hire-new-cops <p></p><p>The Miami City Police Department is having trouble hiring new police officers.</p><p>The city's police department has had its share of recent challenges: criticism over the number of civilian deaths, questions about civil rights violations and ongoing monitoring by the U.S. Justice Department.</p><p>And city commissioners are worried.&nbsp;For the past three years, the police department has been operating with 40 to 100 fewer officers than what the city commission has budgeted. Currently, 1,100 of 1,144 police positions are filled.</p><p><strong>The Problem</strong></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:30:44 +0000 Wilson Sayre 20650 at http://wlrn.org Why The City Of Miami Finds It Hard To Hire New Cops Pursuing Reckless Cops Wins Sun-Sentinel Its First Pulitzer http://wlrn.org/post/pursuing-reckless-cops-wins-sun-sentinel-its-first-pulitzer <p></p><p>It was a humdinger of a story.</p><p>A Miami police officer in a marked squad car is pursued, pulled over and handcuffed by a Florida state trooper after speeding down the turnpike like race car driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr.</p><p>A dash-cam video of that pre-dawn October chase in 2011 went viral and sparked a three-month investigation by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper into how local police officers routinely endangered the general public through reckless driving.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Christine DiMattei 12670 at http://wlrn.org Pursuing Reckless Cops Wins Sun-Sentinel Its First Pulitzer