I was going to say, "What, are you going to arrest me as well?" Then I thought to myself, I'm not going to let Officer Dickhead spoil my evening. I turned and walked to my car, and all the while he kept taunting me. Funny, I thought, if I didn't know any better, I would say he was trying to push me to do something stupid so he could bust me.

So maybe Convention and Visitors Bureau spokesman Mayco Villafa*a should open his eyes A or should I say his ears. I'm not the only one who's been harassed.

Name Withheld by Request

Pit Bull with a Badge
There seems to be no end to horror stories concerning the rabid antics of out-of-control members of the Miami Beach Police Department. I'm sure these pit bulls in uniform are a small percentage of the force, but unfortunately they get most of the press.

Chief Richard Barreto should clean house. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior by beyond-Mark Fuhrmans who hate everyone, black or white, tourist or local. This is Dade County's premier tourist stop. Recent polls show visitors less than thrilled with police attitudes on the Beach; 35 percent would not return to Miami under any circumstances.

Mr. Van Gilst should sue, and appeal to the international police community for support.

Luisa Col centsn
Miami Beach

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