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12:01 am
Fri January 23, 2015

North Miami Beach Community: Police Apology Not Enough

This bullet-riddled target sheet with mugshots of black men was found at Medley gun range.
Credit NBC 6

About a week after news broke that North Miami Beach police officers were using mugshots of black men for target practice, the city’s police chief J. Scott Dennis met quietly with a group of black residents to apologize in an emergency meeting.

“Listen you got to hear it from the heart. We’re sorry,” he said to about 40 people in the Washington Park Community Center. “My police department is sorry and I represent that department. We made a mistake.”

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News
5:22 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Users Are Posting Incriminating Content On Social Media

Content posted on Instagram is being used as evidence in criminal cases.
Credit Jason Howie / Flickr Creative Commons (CC By 2.0)

The social media app Instagram claims 300 million users document their lives through uploaded daily worldwide. But not all of them use the app wisely, as some Miami Instagrammers have had their posts used against them as evidence in criminal cases.

One Miamian unknowingly published an act of voyeurism while another used the app to aid his criminal activity by uploading pictures of stolen goods for sale. 

But why do people turn to social media with incriminating content?

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Mugshots
11:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

North Miami Beach Police Chief: We Made A Mistake

Bullet riddled target sheet shows mugshot black men arrested by North Miami Beach police.
Credit NBC 6

The North Miami Beach Police Department has been using mugshots of young black men for target practice during sniper drills.

The practice drew international headlines after Valerie Deant recognized her brother’s mugshot on a bullet-riddled target sheet at a Medley gun range after North Miami Beach police left.

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Feature
1:32 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Black While Policing: A Miami Officer Shares His Experience

Major Delrish Moss with the City of Miami Police Department talks about being stereotyped as a black man and as a police officer.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Right now, there's a national discussion happening around race and how police treat black men. 

But what happens to that conversation when you pair being a black man with also being a police officer?

Miami Major Delrish Moss talks about his experiences — from being a high school student who cleaned floors at the Biscayne Federal Bank to now being a Miami Police Department officer.

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Crime
11:49 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Park Shooting Adds To List Of 2014 Miami-Dade Mass Shootings

Police are investigating a basketball court shooting in West Little River which left nine injured on Monday.
Credit CBS4 News

Nine people were shot and wounded at West Little River Park while playing basketball Monday afternoon.

The shooter allegedly opened fire from the passenger seat of a Nissan Maxima, Miami-Dade County police said.

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the head and is in critical but stable condition. Police say the other eight victims were shot in their extremities and are expected to fully recover.

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News
4:20 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

'Murph the Surf' Shares Story of Redemption with USF Students

Jack "Murph the Surf" Murphy talks to USF criminology students
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 10:57 am

Watching Jack "Murph the Surf" Murphy talk to a University of South Florida criminology class, two things are apparent: the man is incredibly charming and he makes sure he knows his audience.

"Some of you don't know who I am," he said, pausing to flash a smile. "Ask your grandma!"

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News
2:50 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Residents Express Frustration At Liberty City Crime Townhall

Renita Holmes, a Liberty CIty activist, talks during a Liberty Square townhall forum on crime.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

The Liberty Square housing project in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood is one of the deadliest places in the City of Miami.

This year, in and around the housing project, 43 people have been shot. Seven of them died.

On Thursday night, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson and other local officials listened as residents shared their frustrations about the crime.

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Crime
4:35 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Nightlife Shootings Are Not Uncommon In Miami-Dade

Fifteen people were injured in a shooting at The Spot Sunday, Sept. 28.
Credit CBS4

  This past Sunday morning, 15 people were shot at a Miami night club.

The city and its surroundings have lived through numerous nightlife shootings. Bullets at bars and clubs have left at least 13 dead and 28 injured in Miami-Dade County since 2012.

Scroll below and click to the right and left of the slides to see some of the shootings that have occurred at nightlife spots since 2012.

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News
2:58 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Steven Sotloff's Childhood Temple Holds Memorial Service

Miami journalist Steven Sotloff was captured and killed by ISIS, and video of his killing was released this week.
Credit Facebook

Hundreds of mourners gathered at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest to remember Steven Sotloff, the South Florida native who was killed ​b​y militant extremists in Iraq.

​Video of Sotloff's beheading was released earlier this week.

On Friday afternoon,​ ​about 600 friends,​ ​family and complete strangers came together in memory of Sotloff.

"They want to celebrate his life, not just his death," said Robert Hersh, executive director of Temple Beth Am.

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News
10:20 am
Fri September 5, 2014

A Miami Police Officer Who Killed Unarmed Man Gets His Job Back

Sheila McNeil hold a poster of her son Travis McNeil who was killed by Miami police officer Reynaldo Goyos.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Sheila McNeil watched the television newscasts from her Overtown apartment with a deep pain in her gut.

The shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., hit close to home.

“I know that mom is going through hell right now just trying to understand,” she says.

Three years, ago, her son Travis McNeil was killed by Miami police officer Reynaldo Goyos during a traffic stop.  Travis McNeil was 28. He was not armed.

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News
7:19 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Broward's Parkland Is Rated The Safest City In Florida

Terramar Park, one of the public parks Broward's Parkland is famous for.
Credit Christine DiMattei

Remember the days when you could leave your front door unlocked? 

OK – neither can we. But if you want to live in a place where break-ins and other crimes are a rarity, you might want to give Parkland a try.

Jacksonville-based Safe Choice Security says the lush, green Broward County enclave is No. 1 on its list of the safest cities in Florida.

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News
4:18 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Miami Police Union Supports Officer In Ferguson Shooting

Credit Miami FOP Website

Miami’s Fraternal Order of Police union is putting its full support behind Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department.

A recent post on the union’s website reads “We Support Officer Wilson.”

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Aftermath
12:08 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Liberty City Victim's Mother: I Will Get Justice

Hermana Richardson, left, arrives to the scene of the June 24 Liberty City mass shooting. Kevin Richardson, her son, was killed.
Credit Walter Michot / Miami Herald

Hermana Richardson clutches a grey shirt in her hand. She brings it to her face slowly and inhales.

“All I have is the smell of my son,” she says. “This is the last shirt he had on before he walked out of my house.”

Her son Kevin was killed on June 24 in one of the worst mass shootings in Miami’s history.

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Aftermath
6:57 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Miami Police Frustrated By No-Snitching Culture In Liberty City

Children play in the Liberty Square Housing projects. Police says the projects are at the epicenter of Liberty City's gang problem.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Historically, Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood has had a dicey relationship with police. It's where the McDuffie race riots erupted in the 1980s.

In recent years, questionable police shootings further complicated community relations. And a prevalent no-snitch culture means few witnesses will cooperate with police.

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Aftermath
6:21 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Hardemon: AK-47 Shootings In Liberty City Are Domestic Terrorism

Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon represents Liberty City.
Credit Allison Diaz / Miami Herald

Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon was born and raised in Liberty City.

When he was elected into office eight months ago to represent District 5, Miami’s poorest district, he noted his personal connection to the area in his acceptance speech.

Hardemon, 30, was born in the James E. Scott public-housing  projects in Liberty City to a single mom.

He says he's experienced some of the storylines that come out of the neighborhood first-hand.

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