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12:04 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Florida Roundup: Police Behavior

Credit Scott For Florida

Update: Due to many calls and comments, this entire edition of the Florida Roundup discussed renewed police scrutiny. 

POLICE PROTESTS

South Florida demonstrators marched against police-related violence last weekend. More protests are planned after a street artist died running from police and getting hit by an unmarked Miami squad car. 

NEW CHIEFS

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Law Enforcement
11:22 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Police Nationwide Continue Adding Military Equipment

Military tanks like this have been issued to U.S. police departments.
Credit The Brain Toad/Flickr

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.

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News
5:17 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Miami-Dade Mayor Wants Police To Wear Body Cameras

A publicity photo from Taser shows the type of body camera Miami-Dade plans to buy for its police officers.
Credit Miami Herald

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.

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Newscast
6:18 am
Wed August 13, 2014

August 13, 2014: Hundreds Of Miami-Dade Cops May Lose Their Jobs

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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News
7:47 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Northside Miami-Dade District Welcomes New Police Station

The new Northside District station will open officially on Friday.
Credit Google Maps

Miami-Dade police officers are enjoying some much-needed desk space at the new Northside District station.

The new $9.6 million building, at 799 NW 81st St., features a circular bullet-proof reception, four jail cells, several conference rooms and houses the only cold-case squad in the county.

“It says something to know that you’re coming to a new facility," says Adrian Cummings, the administrative lieutenant at the station.

He says the building offers more space for the 214 police and civilian staff.

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Investigation
10:14 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Taxpayers Saddled With Miami-Dade Police Settlement For Botched Sting

Credit NBC 6

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.

It happened in June 2011 in the Redland, and NBC 6 has an exclusive investigation.

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Budget
2:15 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Police, Libraries And Parks Among County Departments To See Cuts In 2015

Mayor Carlos Gimenez answers questions after his State of the County address in February.
Credit Douglas Hanks / Miami Herald

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.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez unveiled the plans for the 2015 county budget on Tuesday.

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.

The police will receive the biggest cut, with a projected loss of at least 300 jobs. 

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News
6:41 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Miami Gardens' Top Cop Departs After Request For Federal Civil-Rights Probe

Miami Gardens police chief Matthew Boyd

The chief of the Miami Gardens police department resigned on Wednesday amid allegations that his officers have been harassing and intimidating local citizens.

Meanwhile, a response from the U. S. Justice Department is awaited after an NAACP request on Tuesday for a special civil rights investigation.

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Community Contributor
2:07 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Believed To Be The Nation’s Oldest Cop, 86-Year-Old’s Fists Remain ‘Weapons Of Mass Destruction’

Hialeah Police Lt. Leo Thalassites holds a plaque outside Hialeah City Hall after he was named the oldest active police officer in the country.
Credit Theo Karantsalis

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.

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Cold Case
6:04 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Nearly Five Decades Later, Kidnapping Still Haunts Surfside’s Former Mayor

Paul Novack has boxes of evidence and documents in his law office's conference room.
Credit Eric Barton

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.

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Law Enforcement
10:30 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Supreme Court To Determine Accuracy Of Police Dog Noses In Florida Drug Case

Infallible? One of the two Florida cases before the Supreme Court will test popular beliefs about dog noses.
Credit National Crime Prevention Council

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.

From The Washington Post:

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