Letters from the Issue of June 30, 2005

Feuding neighbors, art objects, and combative cops

If you polled the residents of Biscayne Park, you would see we are very happy having the chief here and support him fully. Let him stand by his record of service and his personal service of giving back to this community.

Ann Da Silva

Biscayne Park

Art Scenesters Bite Back Crazily

Lady, you utter madness, and not sorrow: Inanimate Objex? How embarrassing for local Miami artists that the one gallery owner who came with some edge, with some youth, and with some originality -- who had "moxie," if you know what I mean -- gets written about by our local rag in an anonymous article by a writer whose only source is some bitter neighbor who probably was bent because of those so-called "empty twenty spots" in her ashtray and was pissed she couldn't do another bump. And hey, from my knowledge, people usually don't let you see empty coke bags in their ashtray unless you yourself have empty ones in yours.

Call me crazy, but let's get back to the point, which is -- who hasn't had a drug problem here? This is Miami for crying out loud, and what's sad is no one is celebrating all the killer art shows this guy Dustin had and how he inspired a lot of the local artists here and how he changed the Miami art scene in a different direction and showed the art world there is a new generation buying art and they're not interested in Brittos and Van Goghs. This is why the Clayton Bros. were probably even considered for Basel this year, but no, you turn around and let some crackhead bash him while she sits smoking a cigarette. I really don't know Dustin that well; if you asked him, he knows me but I'm not a friend -- I just happen to pay attention to what's going on in the art scene here, who's doing things and who's not doing things. So what, maybe it got to his head a little, the success of a gallery, the booze, the women -- I'm sure it would get to anybody's head at first; let the guy fuck up. I'm disappointed in New Times; you're supposed to be looking out for the locals, but instead you kick them while they're down. Dustin deserved much more than that.

Yvonne "Evo Love" Grams

South Beach

Police Department May Upgrade to Cro-Magnon

For gnarling sorrow hath less power to bite: Sorry for the delayed response to your enlightening article, "To Serve and Protect and Intimidate" by Francisco Alvarado (May 26), about Miami Beach's finest and their aptitude to beat up on "nigger" school teachers, women, and other "hardened criminal types," but I had to let my outrage reside a bit. I wasn't sure if it was an isolated incident until I realized the Miami Beach Police Department is actually competing with the North Bay Village PD for the annual Most Emotionally Disturbed Neanderthal Law-Enforcement Agents in a Municipality Award (they'll never unseat these incumbents). Granted the NBVPD only intimidates and beats up "white" school teachers and women with children in their minivans (speeding at 34 mph in a 30 mph zone). No doubt the MBPD would club my 86-year-old grandmother to death if she followed through with her "I'd like to tell those two-inch pencil dicks what a bunch of pussies they really are ..." As police agents, MBPD and NBVPD are both equally inept -- socially, progressively, and morally. And they wonder why most of us hold them in contempt.

I only hope that one day an opportunity to assist one of these officers in trouble presents itself, for this "nigga" will gladly rush to his side -- uh-huh, with the front end of my Hummer.

Name withheld by request


Police Have No Use for the Law

So criminal and in such capital kind: In response to "To Serve and Protect and Intimidate" by Francisco Alvarado: Let me assure the black community that the Miami Beach Police Department is an equal opportunity offender. While the case regarding Mr. Berry clearly includes racism, these frat-boys-on-steroids have a long record of abusing the rights and bodies of whites, Hispanics, et al.

Unfortunately, covering up transgressions is so easy (i.e., institutionalized) within the "criminal justice system" that filing complaints about these episodes is useless. And, although the suggestion for "good" cops to speak out against the bad is a noble thought, doing so would forever blacklist them.

If you live in Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, the State of Florida, or the USA, you should be ashamed these atrocities occur every day, not just in some faraway Abu Ghraib prison, but right here in your back yard. I dare you to take a peek behind the curtain. Apathy toward this problem will only breed more.

Name withheld by request

Miami Beach

Police Department's Job Is to Beat Down Bad Guys

His fault concludes but what the law should end: I read your story ("To Serve and Protect and Intimidate") and I must say I wish your paper was as concerned about the daily criminals. The police, overwhelmingly, are great. Without them there would be no civil society. I have no idea if this story is true or not. But what is truly scary is how you search for such things. This happened four years ago, if at all. How many thousands of crimes have been committed since then? We're lucky we have the police. They should make at least $100,000 a year. But your agenda is obvious -- and morally low.

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