Miami Beach Ordered to Pay Man $100,000 After Falsely Arresting Him for Looking Poor

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You might have met Picardat without remembering it. The bespectacled 56-year-old serves suds to Dolphins fans at Sun Life Stadium.

The morning of August 21, 2009, however, he had a favor to do for his ex-wife. Picardat, carrying a bag of tools to install hurricane-proof windows, hopped on a bus headed from his house in Little Haiti toward her home in the ritzy gated community of Normandy Shores.

Dressed in jeans, a T-shirt, and a baseball cap, Picardat began walking toward his ex's house. Along the way, he passed local resident and Miami Beach Police Officer Glenn Teboe.

The cop pulled his squad car alongside Picardat and demanded to know if he lived in the area. Picardat said no. When Teboe asked him if he worked in the area, Picardat said, "What's with all the questions?" according to Teboe's report.

The bartender gave his name but wouldn't hand over his ID or his bag. He asked for his attorney. Instead, he got handcuffed.

Teboe arrested Picardat for loitering/prowling and resisting an officer. He wrote in his report that Picardat "could (or would) not dispel my fear for safety of property and citizens." Picardat says the cop just wanted to search his bag illegally and got mad when he refused.

"I was just minding my own business and walking," says Picardat. "But Teboe just saw a guy with a bag and who looked like he didn't belong."

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Michael E. Miller was a staff writer at Miami New Times for five years. His work for New Times won many national awards, including back-to-back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi medallions. He now covers local enterprise for the Washington Post.