Miami Beach to Fire Police in Gay Harassment Case; Charges Pending for ATV Cops?

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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.

The two Beach cops who were already fired earlier this month after a drunken ATV joyride injured two beachgoers, meanwhile, might just be facing criminal charges. The State Attorney's Office has called a press conference for tomorrow afternoon to "update" its case.

Hazzi and Forte are at the center of a civil lawsuit filed by the ACLU last November against the MBPD.

The two cops were allegedly beating and kicking a handcuffed man near Flamingo Park in early 2009 when Howard Strickland, an openly gay former Beach resident, walked by on the way back to his hotel.

Strickland dialed 911, and tapes of his calls show his dismay as he too is arrested by the officers. The pair allegedly yelled anti-gay slurs at him -- part of a larger problem of anti-gay harassment by the force, according to the ACLU.

Prosecutors in April declined to file charges against the pair, but the city has evidently decided Strickland's case is strong enough to boot the cops off the force.

"After much urging, the city is initiating termination proceedings," Gongora tells Riptide. "After reviewing the evidence independently, it was obvious they were acting outside the bounds of their duties."

Officers Derick Kuilan and Rolando Gutierrez, meanwhile, were already fired July 5. Kuilan seriously injured two beachgoers when he hit them with his ATV while joyriding with a woman he'd picked up at the Clevelander.

State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow afternoon to "announce recent developments" in the case. Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega is also scheduled to attend.

Could criminal charges be headed their way? We'll update when we learn more.

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Bold Porn
Bold Porn

wow, its amazing how person are classifying everything as harassment.

Melvin Melgar or Moran
Melvin Melgar or Moran

I investigated  about and put "Why the cops bothers me as a gay man and it appeared, Gay Tube, Free gay tube, Gay Porno Videos from Gay cops fuc...  The videos shows that the LA are having sex with the gays. I want to tell and inform that the cops are bothering me since the year of 2007. Because I went to shop the mall and buy some bread and the cops assaulted me without reason. I am scared and the cops are traumatizing me many times and I have no peace to work out everyday. Because they harass me many times. No excuses.

Michael Melgar or Moran
Michael Melgar or Moran

I investigated  about and put "Why the cops bothers me as a gay man and it appeared, Gay Tube, Free gay tube, Gay Porno Videos from Gay cops fuc...  The videos shows that the LA are having sex with the gays. I want to tell and inform that the cops are bothering me since the year of 2007. Because I went to shop the mall and buy some bread and the cops assaulted me without reason. I am scared and the cops are traumatizing me many times and I have no peace to work out everyday. Because they harass me many times. No excuses. 

Michael Melgar or Moran
Michael Melgar or Moran

The cops have sex with gays guys.  Please make investigations. Also, they harass me. I need help.  Please, I am tired. 

Michael Melgar or Moran
Michael Melgar or Moran

Need help. the cops from Los Angeles harrass me, too. I am gay, help! Also, the cops have sex with gays, too.  They are breaking the codices of laws. 

Bubba The Wise
Bubba The Wise

If I run over and injure people while riding my ATV, having had a few drinks prior, where would I be immediately after the incident?? What multiple offenses would I be charged with?

Well, why isn't the person who actually carried out the above driving incident in jail or at LEAST, charged with somthing? Reckless driving, driving while stupid, something??

Do we have a dual system of law in Miami Beach?? Why yes, of course, silly me.

Larry
Larry

lucky they did not kill them

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