Miami Beach Police Deny Smashing Narces Benoit's Cell Phone

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Narces Benoit claims that Miami Beach Police smashed his cellphone and threatened him at gunpoint after they noticed he had captured video of the shooting on Memorial Day Weekend. However, the police department has released a statement today claiming that they did not smash Benoit's phone, and that the officers only drew their gun at him because he matched the description of another suspect.

Benoit claimed that officers smashed his phone, threw him to the ground, and threatened him at gunpoint. He was able to hide the SIM card from the phone in his mouth, and then sold the video of both the shooting and police threatening him to CNN.

Miami Beach Police released the following statement:
As can be noted in the video, Mr. Benoit had exited his vehicle and approached the incident scene and was observed quickly walking toward his vehicle immediately after the shooting. Because Mr. Benoit matched the description of one of the subjects just reported fleeing the scene and, further, because he ignored repeated commands as he quickly walked towards and entered his vehicle, he was detained by officers.

During the course of the investigation, Mr. Benoit was brought to the station as a witness to the incident. In a recorded statement, the investigating detective informed Mr. Benoit that his cell phone was being seized as investigative evidence and would be returned to him at a later date. Mr. Benoit signed and was provided with a copy of the Miami Beach Property Receipt.

Any and all video of the incident is crucial to the investigation, and it is not unusual for police to secure any video that may have evidentiary value. Several other phones were also secured during the course of the investigation.

Contrary to Mr. Benoit's statements to the media, the cell phone turned over to the Miami Beach Police Department is in working order; the only damage observed to the cell phone is to the lower right portion of the LCD screen and it is unknown when this damage occurred. This damage does not appear consistent with Mr. Benoit's statements to the media that his phone was "smashed."


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Pagg

That doesn't make a lot of sense.  From the position of Mr Benoit, if he was walking quickly to his truck, his back was turned to the officers.  How then, did he match the description of another suspect?  You mean because he was black?  Why don't they just say what they really mean....we saw a black man walking quickly and assumed he must be guilty of something...They shot a man down in a chase and got filmed doing it.  They were pissed off about getting busted.  Not cool!!

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

If you listen closely, the police tell everyone to move back. The man video taping was simply complying like all the other witnesses. How he suddenly became a suspect I'll never know, but from watching the video I'd too guess it was because he was taping them. I'd lose control of my bladder if I suddenly had several guns pointed at my head and wasn't expecting it. Cops really need to consider the consequences before taking any potentially violent course of action. The act of pointing a gun at someone might seem fine to them, just part of the job, but they need to be a little more empathetic by imagining how having a gun pointed back at them would make them feel. It is an act of violence, even if the gun isn't fired, and robs the innocent of their dignity. The fact that the police are obviously filled with adrenaline from having just killed someone doesn't help matters either, but given their training shouldn't be an acceptable excuse. Almost everyone has a camera with them these days, and it is their DUTY to record and report ALL forms of abuse, even when it might get them in trouble. We all lose when the general public more often chooses to be afraid of authority instead of standing up for what is right and honorable.

Matt Milanovich
Matt Milanovich

"Oh look, we didn't smash it, we only shattered the screen!"  Only the Miami Beach would try an excuse like this.  It's like claiming you're innocent of murder because you were actually commiting rape at the time.

Sam
Sam

Was the suspect a young black male? I heard there were a lot of "suspects" on Miami Beach that weekend. Sort of like in Coconut Grove, when someone who is black daaares to cross the tracks from the "hood" to the "nice part of the Grove," they must be on their way to break into a car or mug someone.

Sarcasm aside, this type of police brutality and irresponsibility happens almost daily in the forgotten neighborhoods of our community. The problem is that the "suspects" tend to either not have a cell phone camera handy, don't think to record the situation in front of them, or don't think the video will ever make it to the airwaves. The main video recorded on Halloween night in Coconut Grove didn't reach the news until mid-November, even though the comments on the Youtube indicate it had been sent to every major outlet starting from the next day. If Gio Benitez from CBS4 hadn't run the story (which by the next day was being covered by all the other stations and the Miami Herald), it may never have reached the surface, or at least not in a timely enough manner that action could be taken. In retrospect, given what happened on the Beach, I'm thankful that as brutal and reprehensible as that incident was, the police didn't fire 100 shots into the crowd of people.

Racist Man
Racist Man

 Man cops are SOOO smart.  They must all go to college.

Bill Cooke
Bill Cooke

The Miami Beach police did NOT release that statement. It was issued by the City Manager's office.

NB !
NB !

props to Narces Benoit for keeping this video!

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

The police had a report of a suspect wearing a hot pink tiger printed t-shirt fleeing the scene? Because that appears to be what Mr. Benoit was wearing.

Pagg
Pagg

great point, I would like to see that description.  Nobody has bothered to produce it have they??

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