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Police Behavior
12:59 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Miami Beach Officers Emailed Racist And Pornographic Images

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announces the findings from an investigation into email use by Miami Beach police officers.
Credit John O'Connor / WLRN

Two Miami Beach officers are no longer on the force after an investigation found they had sent hundreds of emails that included pornographic or racist images.

And prosecutors are looking into whether one of the officers broke the law by emailing an autopsy photo to colleagues or someone outside the agency.

 

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Politics
6:58 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Matt Gaetz Comment About Black Senators Criticized

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach)
The Florida Channel

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 8:49 am

In-fighting in the Florida legislature is getting increasingly personal. But some observers are saying Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, may have crossed a line.
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Culture
6:33 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Florida Near The Top In The Number Of Hate Groups

Southern Poverty Law Center "The Year In Hate and Extremism" Report.
Credit Southern Poverty Law Center / http://www.splcenter.org/Year-in-Hate-and-Extremism

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports there are currently 784 hate groups nationwide. Those groups can be anything from Ku Klux Klan to neo-Nazis to black separatists and anti-LGBT groups. All of them are listed in the SPLC's The Year In Hate and Extremism report.

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Youssef Wardani
11:50 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

How An Ethnic Slur Spurred A Broward Father's Activism

Youssef Wardani speaks to the Broward County School Board about the suspension of a Cypress Bay High French teacher for five days without pay for repeatedly calling his 14-year-old son a "raghead Taliban."
Credit Charles Trainor Jr / Miami Herald

Youssef Wardani never considered himself an activist.

He’s a fairly soft-spoken software engineer. He’s very organized and believes everything should have a plan from start to finish.

Activism for him was a sudden evolution  sparked by a Broward teacher who called his 14-year-old son a "raghead Taliban” and the bureaucracy of a school system he felt ignored him when he demanded accountability.

His son, Deyab-Houssein Wardani, 14, is a ninth grader at Cypress Bay High School in Weston. Everyone calls him D.H.

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Politics
9:47 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Florida Roundup: Sensitivity In Classrooms

Credit Schplook / Flickr/Creative Commons

    

  On the Florida Roundup, we talk to the area's journalists about the week's top stories.

2011 Memorial Day Weekend Shooting

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News
10:36 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Police Will Face No Charges In 2011 Memorial Day Shooting On Miami Beach

In this screengrab taken from a YouTube video, Herisse’s car is shown speeding down a Miami Beach street Memorial Day weekend as officers surround it with guns drawn and fire.
Credit YOUTUBE USER SHAWN DON

  Prosecutors will not charge the police officers who killed a motorist on South Beach in a hail of bullets after a chaotic chase during Memorial Day weekend four years ago.

In a long-awaited ruling on the controversial incident, the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office officially ruled Tuesday that the 12 officers were “legally justified” in killing Raymond Herisse after he plowed into several cars and nearly ran over several bicycle cops. Police bullets — over 100 were fired in all — also wounded four bystanders.

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News
12:27 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Broward School Board Suspends Teacher Who Used Slur Against Muslim Student

Deyab Houssein Wardani, left, and his father Youseff Wardani.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

The Broward County School Board voted Tuesday to suspend a teacher who was accused of calling her student "a raghead Taliban."

Maria Valdes, a French teacher at Cypress Bay High School, will be suspended for five days without pay and must complete mandatory diversity training.

The school board passed the item with no discussion.

Valdes allegedly made the comments to 14-year-old Deyab Houssein Wardani as he entered class wearing a hoodie.

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Opinion
7:38 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Latest Univision Race Gaffe Shows Culture Gap

Rodner Figueroa
Credit Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald

It happened again.

Spanish-language, Miami-area-based Univision -- the nation's fifth-largest television network -- has another racial insensitivity mess to clean up.

On Wednesday, Univision talk show host and fashion commentator Rodner Figueroa said first lady Michelle Obama -- America's first African-American first lady -- looks like an apocalyptic ape.

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News
11:47 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Miami To Pay Nearly $1 Million To Family Of Unarmed Man Killed By Police

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

The City of Miami voted today to pay nearly $1 million to the estate of an unarmed man who was shot and killed by a Miami police officer.

Miami Officer Reynaldo Goyos killed Travis McNeil, 28, during a traffic stop in Little Haiti four years ago.

During an internal affairs interview about the shooting, Goyos said that during the traffic stop McNeil reached toward his waistband area.

“At that time I said 'don’t do it,' gave him a loud verbal command: 'Don’t do it.' And at that time I saw a black object coming up,” he said in the interview.

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Feature
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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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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Books
10:10 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

South Florida Author Examines Miami Race Relations And The "Yiddish N-Word"

A scene from the McDuffie riots of 1980. Lipinsky Cochran's book links fictional stories with historical accounts from Miami's civil rights past.
Credit John Walther / Miami Herald staff

Much has been written about the close bonds forged between Jews and African-Americans in Miami in the 1950s at the start of the civil rights movement.  But a more complex, conflicted side of that relationship has fired the imagination of local novelist Joan Lipinsky Cochran.  

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The Two-Way
6:17 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Florida Police Department Used Black Mug Shots For Target Practice

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 6:56 pm

National Guard Sgt. Valerie Deant and her fellow soldiers went last month to a firing range in Medley, Fla. What they saw there made them angry. Not only had North Miami Beach Police snipers who had used the range before them used mug shots of six African-American men as targets, but one of the men pictured was Deant's brother. The mug shots were riddled with bullets.

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News
10:24 am
Tue December 30, 2014

South Florida Cops Rally In Honor Of Fallen NYPD Brothers

An attendee of yesterday's rally outside Miami's Bayside Marketplace holds up a sign in support of police officers.
Credit Christine DiMattei

In the wake of the Dec. 20 shooting deaths of two of New York's Finest, Miami's police union is calling for an end to violence against law enforcement officers.

A crowd of police officers and their families and friends gathered outside Bayside Marketplace yesterday to remember Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. The two New York City officers were killed by a gunman who investigators say was angered by recent police-involved deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island.

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Race Relations
7:51 am
Fri November 21, 2014

New Book Looks At How Jim Crow Laws Shaped Miami

Assistant Professor N.D.B. Connolly
Credit Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences / http://history.jhu.edu/directory/nathan-connolly/

N.D.B. Connolly grew up in South Florida and couldn't wait to leave. That's when he realized just how attached he was to the region. That's also when he started to look at the history of Miami and how for more than a century Jim Crow laws made life in the Magic City painful and difficult for African-Americans.

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