SNL's Miami Cop Sketch Was Perfect, Except for One Annoying Mistake

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Justin Bieber's Miami Beach arrest was all anyone was talking about over the weekend, so it was fitting it became fodder for Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update. Kenan Thompson came out as Frank Medina, the officer who arrested the Biebs. There were some great jokes about Miami, but there was just one little detail that annoyed the hell out of us.

The sketch opens with anchor Cecily Strong asking if Thompson's "Medina" was shocked to find out he had pulled over Justin Bieber.

"Oh, Cecily. I work in Miami. Nothing shocks me," Thompson replies. "When I pull somebody over, they usually got a tiger in the back seat and an alligator in the trunk to guard the cocaine. It's the only city in America were NBA players are the best-behaved people."

Chuckle. Chuckle. Chuckle.

But can you spot the one factual error that kind of irks us? You know, us, people who write about Miami-Dade cops and crime and all of that?

Look at Kenan's costume.

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That's actually a pretty good copy of a City of Miami Police Department uniform. Those are either the authentic shoulder patches the officers wear or an exact replica. Considering SNL had less than 48 hours to not only write the sketch but also source the costume, that's pretty impressive.

In fact, we're sure the costume department was probably proud of that. So we almost feel like dicks for pointing this out:

Bieber wasn't arrested by City of Miami Police. He was arrested by Miami Beach Police. Which is a completely separate police department with its own distinct uniforms and patches -- patches that look like this:

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It's so tiny and silly, but we kind of feel like we're doing a broader public service by informing the rest of the world that the area you know as "Miami" is, for reasons we don't even really understand, actually 34 distinct municipalities, many of which have their own police departments.

Let's not forget that Bieber himself was given the red-carpet treatment when he arrived at Opa-locka Airport by Opa-locka Police. Three officers were actually suspended because Bieber's police escort wasn't authorized by the chief.

But perhaps that put the thought in Bieber's mind that he'd be given special police treatment throughout his stay here in sunny South Florida. That's maybe why he seemed so surprised when he was pulled over by Miami Beach Police. Do you really think he comprehended the fact that Opa-locka PD is a different entity than Miami Beach PD? Hell, there are some people who live there who don't even really understand that.

Which, OK, doesn't really take away from the hilarity of the sketch, but we just want everyone to be clear.

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22 comments
StephenLeclerc
StephenLeclerc

"It's the only city in America were NBA players....". "Were" should be "where". 

sirkevinmartin
sirkevinmartin

Also, the fact that his character's name is Frank Medina but the name tag is Randy.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Florida does resemble America's wang

Sean Huertas
Sean Huertas

How the hell did he get that police uniform???

Bridget Doyle
Bridget Doyle

What's also wrong in the sketch is that 9 times out of 10 it's not a millionaire or someone running a Ponzi scheme driving a Lamborghini, it's a douchey spiky haired tourist in a tank top who ALSO just rented it. Like Bieber. Oh, and are people still giving a shit about this incident? Just wondering...

Jovan Rodriguez Yapur
Jovan Rodriguez Yapur

Wow the Miami New Times keeps getting worse and worse. Is there not anything better to write about? Just say it's a good skit and call it a day.

Jeff Feldman
Jeff Feldman

Badge and name tag are wrong too. Stupidest article ever.

Goey246
Goey246

You're bothered by that, but not by the fact that his name tag didn't match the character's name...

JimmyJam
JimmyJam

Who gives a shit what city's patch he had on? It's a sketch comedy show. Jesus. Get over it.

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Karma Karmel

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Jorge Mederos
Jorge Mederos

You people reach new lows with every article you write. Congratulations!

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

......................If it were NOT for the W E A T H E R here this would be no different from hootinannny mississippi down here = period

LOCAL cops are as UNprofessional as bus drivers, local politicians and cab drivers

the influx of MONEY from TOURISTs has always flooded in because it's so very cold elsewhere

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Cool story bro.


Amazing that you went through such effort deconstructing an SNL skit yet some of your other articles are full of grammatical errors and misinformation.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

The same way they get uniforms and costumes for all other TV shows and movies:  They straight up murder people or steal from those who have what they need.  Its the dark side of the entertainment industry no one wants to talk about.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

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