Occupy Miami Member Arrested For Defacing Francis "Fraud" Suarez Campaign Sign

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An Occupy Miami member took issue with Francis "Fraud" Suarez's sign
Remember Occupy Miami? The movement has mostly petered out, but some of its members are keeping its shit-stirring spirit alive.

On Friday night, veteran protester Kevin Young was arrested for allegedly defacing one of Francis Suarez's ubiquitous campaign posters. Young apparently changed the mayoral candidate's name to read "Fraud" Suarez.

There are many possible motives, of course, from Suarez's connection to a ballot fraud investigation to his support for arresting homeless people, his aide's idiotic tweets to his creepy American Psycho-esque slicked hair. But what actually appears to have set Young off was Suarez appropriating the death of teenage tagger Israel Hernandez.

See also: Teenager Israel Hernandez Dies After Miami Beach Cops Catch Him Tagging, Taser Him

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If Miami Police want to discourage vandalism, they should really stop using the Shepard Fairey filter on their iPhones
According to a police report, Young was caught around 9:30 p.m. on Friday using a black marker to deface a sign at 34th Street and Biscayne Boulevard.

The report only mentions the "Fraud" edit and not the words "RIP Reffa" below, but it appears to be done in the same type of black marker.

It's safe to say that "RIP Reffa" is a reference to Israel "Reefa" Hernandez, the 18-year-old artist fatally Tasered by Miami Beach cops two weeks ago.

Assuming Young inked the tribute to Reefa, it would make sense for him to also slam Suarez.

Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Sgt. Javier Ortiz blasted the city commissioner for using Hernandez's death to score political opponents against his opponent, incumbent Tomas Regalado.

"It is unfortunate that Commissioner Francis Suarez has chosen to utilize a sensitive situation in which someone has died on a paid political advertisement for Mayor to obtain votes," Ortiz wrote before pointing out that Suarez had voted to buy Tasers for Miami cops.

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A Francis Suarez campaign ad using two images of Israel "Reefa" Hernandez
It's too early to tell if Suarez's supposed sympathy for the slain paint-slinger will help him to victory on November 5, or if the heavy-handed homage will hurt him instead.

What's worse, after all: an aging mayor who doesn't get Miami youths or a young, handsome mayor who simply uses them?

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pirtdab
pirtdab

Hey Mike, Isn't Kevin also apart of Peace City Inc?
Didn't somebody start a fire in that building on 7th, the night he was in jail?
 Maybe before just speculating, you should, you know -do some real journalism and maybe ask some questions...

@Richard Greenfield on your comment about the article itself; just look at the author and his previous work. It seems mike has a hard on for trash talk, whether it be good heart-ed activists, or corrupt political pigs; it seems not to matter to him. If there is an opportunity to fling dirt, Mike is there throwing handfuls. 

For the rest of us who actually CARE about the future of our City and our quality of life,
 HERE is the name you need to know: 

                              JEFF BENJAMIN!


For those of us who live in the City of Miami, and want to see a positive and lasting change in our community; the choice is clear.

Jeff Has been running a grassroots campaign, and has clearly gotten the cold shoulder from every major media outlet in South Florida; yet he still hasn't quit.

Jeff is the most highly educated candidate in the field; holding a PhD in neuroscience. Unlike his opponents, Jeff is not a carrier politician. He has a day job that actually benefits people in our community, in his work with Alzheimer's patients.

Jeff actually has plans to HELP this City grow in a sustainable fashion. His plans for increased affordable public transportation, and the use of energy efficient technology to reduce our carbon foot print while saving taxpayers money; are items untouched by any other candidate out there...and they are just the tip of the iceberg. 

Do the research, get educated, and VOTE Nov. 5th for a Candidate you can ACTUALLY BELIEVE IN! Vote For JEFF BENJAMIN!

premitive1
premitive1

note the sign is on an empty lot...

CleanItUp
CleanItUp

How about cracking down on the pollution of all those campaign signs.   Is that one he wrote on even legal?  Do you job on that and illegal billboards Miami Commissioners!!!

Richard Greenfield
Richard Greenfield

@Joey-- are you sure about that?? Have you seen the guy who sits in our mayor's office currently??

Joey Glez
Joey Glez

He's a fraud. Garbage. Francis should be ashamed of himself.

premitive1
premitive1

@Richard Greenfield tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum.

Please, we shouldn't put up with either.

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