Miami Beach Cops Accused of Roughing Up Toronto Sisters, Calling Them "Dirty Canadians"

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During the darkest months of winter, half of Canada flees to South Florida. So you'd think police would have some respect for the maple-syrup-guzzling visitors who fuel the local economy through spring break.

That's not what one pair of sisters from Toronto found in Miami Beach last month. The women say two Beach cops assaulted them while hurling insults such as "bitches," "sluts," and "dirty Canadians."

Not very neighborly, eh?

Miami Beach Police officers Eduard Alba and William Beeker allegedly gave Canadian tourists Angela and Michelle Mastrangelo a nightmare before Christmas they will never forget.

Shortly before 10 p.m. on Dec. 23, the six-year Miami Beach Police veterans arrested the Mastrangelos for allegedly acting belligerent and refusing their commands to leave the Ritz-Carlton at 17th Street and Lincoln Road. But the siblings and their mother are accusing Alba and Beeker of false arrest, roughing them up, and insulting them with derogatory slurs.

"We are so glad we are back in Toronto," says mom Sharon Carpenter. "Those officers are disgusting. They completely ruined our trip."

The ugly confrontation began after the Mastrangelos had finished bar hopping on Lincoln Road and headed to the beach, where they met three dudes with marijuana.

Because the evening was windy, the group huddled near the beach-side entrance to the Ritz-Carlton. The siblings claim they were smoking cigarettes while the male trio puffed on a spliff. "They were smoking weed, not us," Michelle insists. "Two cops approached us because apparently we were on private property."

The malodorous burning of marijuana attracted Alba and Beeker, who asked the Mastrangelos and their new found friends for identification and why they were loitering on private property. Here is where the cop version and the Mastrangelo version diverge.

Angelina, 24, alleges when she stood up, Beeker told her to "sit the fuck down bitch." When she refused, he pushed her against a wall, pulled her to the ground, flipped her on her stomach, and cuffed her, Angelina relays.

"He grabbed my sister by one arm and yanked her up," says Michelle, who is four years younger. "He dragged her to his cop car, threw her against the car and told her, 'you are in my playground now bitch.'" Michelle says Alba needlessly pointed his Taser at her.

Angelina was charged with resisting without violence and Michele was charged with disorderly intoxication, resisting without violence and criminal mischief. While they were trying to arrest one of the men for pot possession, Alba and Beeker allege Michelle and Angela "became irate, yelling and screaming." The sisters refused to comply with their commands to leave the premises, Beeker wrote. He claims that Angelina "stood up and approached in aggressive and threatening manner" and that "both officers felt in immediate jeopardy for their personal safety."

The cops also arrested one of the men, a homeless 18-year-old named Jodee Hopkins, for pot possession, but let the other two leave, Michelle alleges.

The officers took the sisters to the Miami Beach Police Station before booking them into Miami-Dade County pre-trial detention center. At the station, Michelle claims, Alba called her sister "Miss Piggy" and "fat bitch" when she told him her weight. "Alba also called us sluts, cunts, and dirty Canadians," Michelle says. "He told the other male cops not to talk to us because they would get HIV."

A few minutes later, Michelle allegedly refused assistance from a female officer to use the bathroom and urinated on herself while sitting in a chair. "I told the female officer that I was not going to let her pull my tampon out of me," Michelle explains. "I sat there and peed myself while the male officers were giving me dirty looks and laughing at me."

The sisters were transported to the county jail where they broke down. "We had to take off all our clothes, including our bras and underwear," Michelle says. "They made us put on flimsy orange jumpsuits. Yet the jail is freezing cold. I got really sick because my sister and I take anxiety meds. They wouldn't give us anything. I threw up in front of all these girls in the cell."

During their psychiatric evaulation, Michelle says she was hyperventilating so much her sister was trying to calm her down. "The guard didn't care," Michelle gripes. "She told us to stop talking. Then she made me stand in the freezing cold hallway because I asked why other people were allowed to talk."

Meanwhile, Carpenter says she had to scramble to find out what jail her daughters had been transported to. When she got to the pre-trial detention center, she still didn't know what Angelina and Michelle had been arrested for. "The lady I spoke to knew their bond was $3,000, but she couldn't tell me what the charges were," Carpenter says. "When I finally found out they had been charged with resisting arrest without violence, I was shocked."

Carpenter says her daughters had never been arrested before. The family has vacationed in Miami Beach during the Christmas holidays for the past six years without a problem. On their most recent excursion, they had paid $3,078 to rent a condo at 1662 Lincoln Ct. for one week. "My kids own a spa in Toronto," she says. "They have never been in trouble with the police."

A bondsman approached Carpenter and offered to help get the girls out for a $150 fee. "I had to wake my sister up in Toronto and ask her to put the $3,150 for the bail on her credit card," Carpenter says. "When my daughters got back to the condo, they looked terrible. They were covered in bruises and were bawling their eyes out."

On Christmas Day, Carpenter, her other 16-year-old daughter, Angelina, and Michelle kept their plans to go to Disney World. "The whole trip was about taking my youngest daughter to Disney," Carpenter laments. "But it just wasn't the same. We didn't have any fun."

Upon returning from Orlando, Carpenter and her daughters filed a complaint at the police station against Alba and Beeker. "My daughter Michelle has been waking up every night crying her eyes out," Carpenter says. "Angelina cries every time she talks about it, which is why she has Michelle tell most of the story. This has traumatized them forever. I'm never ever in my life going back to Miami."

Meanwhile, Miami Beach Police spokesman Bobby Hernandez says Alba, Beeker and the department won't comment because the matter is under investigation. Although Hernandez says the sisters didn't follow through on their allegations.

"When it came time for [Angelina and Michelle] to give a formal sworn statement, they refused," Hernandez says. "We also have video and audio at the station so we hear and see everything."

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40 comments
Prefurr
Prefurr

As a Canadian living and working in South Florida. I am embarrassed for both. Yes the police should of treated them in a more respectful manor but sounds like these girls need to show some respect themselves. When approached by a police officer when you are with people participating in illegal actitives it's best to wait to speak instead of "shooting your mouth off". When you do this you give them a reason to suspect you. The police most likely delt with them in a way that may not of been favourable but they are not in the customer service buiness and are most certinatly dealing with true criminals that make their job highly stressful. It's said that they were caught in this situation but it sounds like they got themselves into it. If they had conducted themselves in a mature way in the start they would have a complaint unfortunately it just comes off as two entitled drunk Canadians upset that not everyone is as nice as the OPP.

xitalian-princessx
xitalian-princessx

dirty french canadians lmao? get ur facts straight before u comment, scum of the earth

George I'doccupyThat Owen
George I'doccupyThat Owen

Marijuana... not even once. that's what they get for being all hopped up on the devils lettuce.

Patrick Garcia
Patrick Garcia

Who cares? They probably were filthy french canadians. Scum of the earth

xitalian-princessx
xitalian-princessx

try experiencing it and then try saying its not freezing in there.. not to mention the fact that the officers were bundled in layers of jackets, sweaters, and boots while the women sat with no bras or underwear in flimsy orange jumpsuits

Eric Puntervold
Eric Puntervold

I'm convinced the New Times hates all police. Every time someone alleges they were mistreated by a cop, new Times takes the side of the"poor innocent" offender. I guarantee every person that has ever been arrested can tell a story about how they were treated badly by cops. Do you really believe that these police officers for no reason beat up 2 girls and called them "mean names"? Give me a break

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

Sounds like they were french Canadian.

Stefano Rotati
Stefano Rotati

Sounds like they wanted special treatment and they got the miami beach standard. Act smarter and make better decisions in the future. Don't smoke weed on private property with homeless people while on international vacation. Respect and listen intently to the police when caught doing idiotic. Ya know, common sense

George Hoover
George Hoover

see how they fly like pigs in the sky see how they...ftp!

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

Miami Beach; setting the standard for corrupt cities since 1915. Come spend 1/4 of your yearly salary at our hotels, restaurants and bars, and leave with lovely souvenirs of misdemeanor charges, memories of being humiliated by police, and if you're lucky, a nice scar from getting roughed up. We're too concerned with control, and not concerned enough with peaceful, tolerant coexistence...sigh.

Melissa Mellymel Alexis Dalmau
Melissa Mellymel Alexis Dalmau

I believe it! They completely violated my constitutional rights and completely roughed me up. I made a formal complaint to the dept.

Alex Garcia
Alex Garcia

So these young "ladies" go bar hopping, which I am sure includes some (a lot) beverages along the way. Meet 3 strange guys on the beach (one of them homeless) and decide to accopmany them while they smoke illegal drugs on private property. The cops smell the weed and arrest them after they behave like 80% of the tourist that come to Miami do. And I am supposed to feel bad for them because they were "left in a really cold hallway?" Smells like bullshinto to me!

Caroline Beaudoin
Caroline Beaudoin

He claims that Angelina "stood up and approached in aggressive and threatening manner" and that "both officers felt in immediate jeopardy for their personal safety." REALLY???? 20 and 24 years old drunk women?? They felt threaten??

Susie Hair Hero
Susie Hair Hero

Ummm sounds like the girls were totally too high to function and are lying about the whole thing... Great writing btw...nightmare before Christmas

cpchester
cpchester topcommenter

I'm sure the cops acted like jerks but these two lose some credibility with comments like "she made me stand in the freezing cold hallway". Was this hallway in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska?

John C. Tucker
John C. Tucker

Miami Beach cops have always been known for doing stupid shit even back when I was working in Miami Beach 25 years ago.

metromiami
metromiami

Welcome to Miami Beach. 

The police are disgusting here.

And even if you go to Internal Affairs, they will carefully take every word of your statement...then ignore it. It's just a big joke to them. Their job, as they see it, is to keep fellow cops out of trouble.

xitalian-princessx
xitalian-princessx

@Patrick Garcia If you don't care, don't comment.  Another ignorant, disrespectful boy from Miami. And no we're not french canadian. I can tell you didn't finish high school and you're probably unemployed and that would make you scum of the earth

xitalian-princessx
xitalian-princessx

@Eric Puntervold What could 2 young women possibly do to 2 men , who were 6'4 and 250 lbs., to deserve a beating?  Call for backup, ya that's what they did

xitalian-princessx
xitalian-princessx

@Tony Miller No we're not french canadian, but you must be dumb and from Miami

xitalian-princessx
xitalian-princessx

@Stefano Rotati you should learn to read the paper,seems like you didn't understand too good. Not used to being beaten by a man, maybe you are.  We are from Canada where men respect women.

xitalian-princessx
xitalian-princessx

@Andrew Creech I wish we knew that 6 years ago when we first visited. We absolutely love Miami but will never return because of the police system there.  I think they're more on a power trip than anything else

xitalian-princessx
xitalian-princessx

@Melissa Mellymel Alexis Dalmau Hope you weren't treated too bad and the police dept. doesn't seem to care too much either

xitalian-princessx
xitalian-princessx

@Alex Garcia What is bullshinto? Seems like you can't spell so you probably couldn't read all the details in the paper either. I will knit you a nice pink sweater when you end up in there and you should really be looking for a job instead of trying to type, maybe cleaning toilets 

xitalian-princessx
xitalian-princessx

@Susie Hair Hero you must be from Miami to say that and you're probably dating one of those Miami men who treat women like that.  Canadian men have great respect for woman and are raised that way, you should try one and see what a real man is like

Bun_Stinger
Bun_Stinger

@Christopher Jorge That sums it all up rather succinctly.

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@xitalian-princessx 


I understood perfectly well (shoot for better English next time). Considering the
way it sounds like they were acting, it seems they deserved an
arrest. Sadly, an arrest comes with a certain roughness. It is not meant
to be pleasant and can indeed leave bruises. I highly doubt they were
beaten and disrespected. They were breaking the law and very likely did
not show respect to the police officers in question.

I assume you are their mom or some interested party so your opinion is obviously skewed. If you want an outpouring of misplaced sentiment you're in the wrong place. Miami cops are jerks but it seems there is much blame to be placed on the two women as well.


The hard truth is that something illegal was going on and if any resistance was offered then the cops are going to do their job, end of story.

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