President Obama is asking for a review of a government program that has been arming thousands of police departments nationwide -- including a number of South Florida forces -- with old military weapons and equipment.
An investigation by Daniel Rivero, a producer at Fusion in Doral, has found roughly 18,000 departments in the U.S. have registered for the hardware and about 8,000 have received it already.
In the wake of national outrage over alleged police misconduct in Ferguson, Mo., Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Thursday vowed to make “body cameras” mandatory for all county patrol officers.
His proposed budget calls for purchasing 500 of the mini cameras, enough to outfit about half of Miami-Dade’s patrol force. Made by Taser, they’re small enough to snap onto a pair of glasses or a hat in order to record everything an officer sees.
“I want a camera on every police officer,” Gimenez told the audience at a budget town hall meeting in Little Haiti.
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.
Barrel-chested Leo Thalassites squints like Clint Eastwood, hops around like Jackie Chan and has been an active cop for nearly six decades. He is 86 years old.
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. And now, according to the International Police Association, he is the oldest active police officer.
Not everyone remembers the moment when they lost the innocence of their childhood. But Paul Novack is reminded of that moment every day.
“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.”
What happened in 1966 was suddenly the town of Surfside – Paul Novack’s town – became a place where horrendous crime happened. It began when a robber slipped in through the unlocked back door March 28, 1966, while the Goldman family slept.