Miami-Dade police http://wlrn.org en Taxpayers Saddled With Miami-Dade Police Settlement For Botched Sting http://wlrn.org/post/taxpayers-saddled-miami-dade-police-settlement-botched-sting <p>Miami-Dade County taxpayers are most likely on the hook for settlement payments in a county police sting operation where three alleged home invasion robbers were killed, along with the confidential police informant working with the department.</p><p>It happened in June 2011 in the Redland, and <a href="http://www.nbcmiami.com/investigations/County-Agrees-to-Pay-600k-for-Deaths-in-Botched-Miami-Dade-Police-Sting-267103161.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_MIBrand" target="_blank">NBC 6 has an exclusive investigation</a>.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:14:33 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 35989 at http://wlrn.org Taxpayers Saddled With Miami-Dade Police Settlement For Botched Sting Police, Libraries And Parks Among County Departments To See Cuts In 2015 http://wlrn.org/post/police-libraries-and-parks-among-county-departments-see-cuts-2015 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fewer police officers, higher public transportation fares and cuts to organizations that provide social services. That's what would happen under Miami-Dade's proposed budget for next year.</span></p><p>Mayor Carlos Gimenez unveiled the plans for the 2015 county budget on Tuesday.</p><p>The proposal attempts to close a $64 million budget gap without raising property taxes. To do so, hundreds of jobs will be eliminated across the county government.</p><p>The police will receive the biggest cut, with a projected loss of at least 300 jobs.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:15:00 +0000 Carla Javier 35252 at http://wlrn.org Police, Libraries And Parks Among County Departments To See Cuts In 2015 Miami Gardens' Top Cop Departs After Request For Federal Civil-Rights Probe http://wlrn.org/post/miami-gardens-top-cop-departs-after-request-federal-civil-rights-probe <p>The chief of the Miami Gardens police department <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/11/3812302/miami-gardens-police-chief-resigns.html" target="_blank">resigned on Wednesday </a>amid allegations that his officers have been harassing and intimidating local citizens.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Meanwhile, a response from the U. S. Justice Department is awaited after an NAACP request on Tuesday for a special civil rights investigation.</span></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:41:57 +0000 Rick Stone 25000 at http://wlrn.org Miami Gardens' Top Cop Departs After Request For Federal Civil-Rights Probe Believed To Be The Nation’s Oldest Cop, 86-Year-Old’s Fists Remain ‘Weapons Of Mass Destruction’ http://wlrn.org/post/believed-be-nation-s-oldest-cop-86-year-old-s-fists-remain-weapons-mass-destruction <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Barrel-chested Leo </span>Thalassites<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> squints like Clint Eastwood, hops around like Jackie Chan and has been an active cop for nearly six decades. He is 86 years old.</span></p><p>He first joined the Miami-Dade Police Department in 1956. He moved to the Hialeah Police Department in 1963, where he has been on active duty ever since. &nbsp;And now, according to the <a href="http://www.ipa-usa.org/index.php" target="_blank">International Police Association</a>, he is the oldest active police officer.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 18:07:00 +0000 Theo Karantsalis 11532 at http://wlrn.org Believed To Be The Nation’s Oldest Cop, 86-Year-Old’s Fists Remain ‘Weapons Of Mass Destruction’ Nearly Five Decades Later, Kidnapping Still Haunts Surfside’s Former Mayor http://wlrn.org/post/nearly-five-decades-later-kidnapping-still-haunts-surfside-s-former-mayor <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not everyone remembers the moment when they lost the innocence of their childhood. But Paul </span>Novack<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is reminded of that moment every day.</span></p><p>“Something about the Goldman house is that I drive by it at least twice a day,” says Novack. “It’s a constant reminder of what happened here in 1966.”</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:04:00 +0000 Eric Barton 11598 at http://wlrn.org Nearly Five Decades Later, Kidnapping Still Haunts Surfside’s Former Mayor Supreme Court To Determine Accuracy Of Police Dog Noses In Florida Drug Case http://wlrn.org/post/supreme-court-determine-accuracy-police-dog-noses-florida-drug-case <p></p><p>Florida is back on the nation's legal map today with two cases before the U. S. Supreme Court, both of them involving police dogs whose well-trained noses led to now-controversial drug arrests.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision2012/supreme-court-is-asked-to-be-skeptical-of-drug-sniffing-dogs/2012/10/30/5b181110-2125-11e2-8448-81b1ce7d6978_story.html">The Washington Post</a>:</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:30:00 +0000 Rick Stone 3852 at http://wlrn.org Supreme Court To Determine Accuracy Of Police Dog Noses In Florida Drug Case