Miami Beach Police officers will soon film all of their interactions with the public.
Miami Beach Police officers will soon film all of their interactions with the public.

Five Controversial Items Miami Police Departments Asked for This Summer

Miami-Dade County set its annual budget late Thursday night. According to the Miami Herald's Doug Hanks, county commissioners argued over whether it was worth spending $100,000 to revive the county's Civilian Investigative Panel, which employs civilians to investigate complaints against police. Many law enforcement scholars agree civilian-led panels provide an essential check on police power.

But as protesters marched through Charlotte, North Carolina, demanding greater police accountability Thursday, the commissioners ultimately decided a scant $100,000 was too much to spend to revive the panel. The county's entire budget totals more than $7 billion.

Now seems to be a good time to remind Miami citizens that multiple city governments across the county green-lighted expensive police-spending proposals this summer. Those projects are far more controversial than the Civilian Investigative Panel. Here are five examples:

Miami-Dade Police say officers had to fire after the teen pulled a gun.
Miami-Dade Police say officers had to fire after the teen pulled a gun.
Photo by AdamFirst via Wikimedia Commons

1. Miami-Dade Police are spending up to $5.6 million on a gunshot detector they stopped using in 2013 after they found it didn't work very well.

Coral Gables happens to have two MRAP vehicles.EXPAND
Coral Gables happens to have two MRAP vehicles.

2. Coral Gables Police tried to give Miami Beach a spare armored truck it had lying around, but that donation turned out to not be kosher.

Miami SWAT will be out in force tonight.
Miami SWAT will be out in force tonight.
Tim McAteer via Wikimedia Commons

3. City of Miami Police said they needed to rush-order $300,000 in military-grade body armor after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

A City of Miami detective is at the center of an ugly dispute with a doctor's office.
A City of Miami detective is at the center of an ugly dispute with a doctor's office.
photo by Melkom via Wikimedia Commons

4. City of Miami Police also said they need $100,000 in new AR-15-style rifles.

5. Miami-Dade County Police are spending $6 million on license-plate readers, night-vision rifles, and ballistic shields.

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