When the Miami-Dade Police Department acquired two drones in 2010 and then got FAA clearance to fly them, civil rights advocates warned the move was a harbinger of the Blade Runner police state to come when unmanned aircraft would hover outside every window. That privacy nightmare could still come t ... More >>
America has turned against black and Hispanic voters.As I show in my column this week, 41 states have recently pushed forward with voting restrictions that will primarily effect minorities. Mostly Republican legislators, who flooded into office after the 2010 election, have shortened registration pe ... More >>
After only three nights occupying part of Miami, a committed group of activists managed to throw together quite the successful concert in under 24 hours.
In order to keep the movement's momentum up in this truly offensive weather, organizers set up a covered stage outside Stephen P. Clark Govern ... More >>
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed suit yesterday to end the state's new controversial requirement that all people seeking help from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program undergo a drug test. The law was passed earlier this year at the behest of Gov.Rick Scott, but ... More >>
Two Miami Beach cops accused of assaulting a gay tourist in Flamingo Park are getting pink slips -- even though prosecutors declined to file charges against them. Officers Elliut Hazzi and Frankly Forte are set to be fired, Commissioner Michael Gongora announced on his Twitter feed this afternoon ... More >>
Rich AbdillA protestor holding one of the many signs against Urban Beach Weekend.About 200 residents gathered in front of Miami Beach City Hall Friday night to demand an end to the city's Urban Beach Weekend, which this year saw 431 arrests and two police shootings that left one man dead and four ... More >>
Miami Beach is largely helpless to stop Memorial Day partiers from coming to town for Urban Beach Weekend, which saw seven injured and one killed in police-related shootings this year, city Mayor Matti Herrera Bower said Tuesday afternoon. According to police, more than 400 were arrested."There is n ... More >>
No longer a suspected dong-dangler.At last, our long national nightmare is over: the long deceased Jim Morrison will no longer have a record for drunkenly dangling his dong at a Miami concert. But while Morrison's pardon -- which should be made official at 9 a.m. -- closes a sordid footnote in ro ... More >>
Police Chief Carlos NoriegaThe American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has moved forward on their lawsuit against the city of Miami Beach by officially filing the suit in federal court today. The complaint stems from a 2009 incident in which Harold Strickland, an openly gay former resident of t ... More >>
Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega met with gay leaders earlier this afternoon at city hall, promising changes one week after the ACLU announced a suit charging that Beach cops regularly harass gay men in Flamingo Park.
Noriega stressed that the two officers at the center of the ACLU sui ... More >>
A Man was shot at MIA lounge last night multiple times, while the shooter sped off in a black Mercedes. [JustNews]The ACLU claims two Miami Beach cops harassed and falsely arrested a gay tourist after he saw the men beating another suspect in handcuffs. [Herald]A man in Stuart died after being attac ... More >>
Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega certainly picked a terrible day to leave the Beach for an out-of-state conference.
First came a fiery meeting with the City Commission, when the police union decried plans to force them to help make up a city budget deficit.
Then, lost amidst the sound ... More >>
The American Civil Liberties Union has jumped into the ongoing Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones saga on behalf of five voters in her district. Just days after being re-elected in November, Spence-Jones turned herself in on charges of grand theft after accusations she stole money from t ... More >>
Miami Police Chief John Timoney screwed up, and we taxpayers are just gonna keep paying and paying.Back in November 2003, the City of Miami shut down some protests against a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) meeting being held here. The cops beat some protesters and illegally jailed others. Jus ... More >>
The former partners at a major Miami architecture firm are accusing one founder of fraud. [Herald]Wingnuts everywhere rejoice. Miami's ACLU affiliate was forced to cut 20 percent of its staff. [Herald]Authorities rounded up 117 illegal immigrants. Only 30 had previous criminal records. [NBC6]How col ... More >>
After a conflict with Miami Police, the sex offenders who have been sent by the state to live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway are getting some help from the American Civil Liberties Union.
Yesterday the Florida branch of the ACLU delivered a letter to Miami Chief of Police John Timoney asking the ... More >>