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Police Union Proposes More Police, Mandatory Pat-Downs at Ultra

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The Miami lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police has chimed in on Ultra Music Festival's future in Miami. The police union is all for it -- just as long as all private security guards are replaced by City of Miami Police officers and that they're allowed to pat down every person entering the festival.

The letter was sent out today by FOP president Javier Ortiz to City of Miami commissioners.

"The Miami Fraternal Order of Police has as much of an interest in Ultra as you all do when it comes to public safety," the letter begins. "If the Miami Commission is planning to approve the Ultra Music Festival for future events in our city, we humbly request the following provisions are established."

Ortiz then goes suggests all civilian security guards be replaced by Miami Police officers, and only Miami Police officers -- as in not even officers from other local police departments. Of course, this would lead to MPD officers getting paid handsomely in overtime, but that might not be of much concern to Ultra-goers.

However, a plan for police officers to pat down and search every single person who enters the fest might be an issue.

Ortiz proposes a three-leveled entrance plan:

  • Concertgoers would wait in a line to have their tickets checked for authenticity.
  • Concertgoers would then be patted down and searched by a police officer for items such as drugs, weapons, and outside food and drinks. Cameras would also be prohibited.
  • Only after all of that would concertgoers have their tickets scanned and be allowed entry to the venue.

Ultra concertgoers have been required to undergo pat-downs and bag checks, but those are conducted by civilian security guards.

The letter also calls for Ultra's liability insurance to be increased to $22 million and a plan to have festival organizers post a $2 million bond beforehand.

Ortiz also demands that Ultra pay for Miami Police-controlled surveillance cameras that would be placed around the perimeter of the event. In addition, he asks for two layers of fencing installed and to have a police officer posted around the perimeter every 50 feet. He also wants no less than 60 bicycle officers around the perimeter at all times.

Yes, Ortiz clearly wants as many Miami Police officers paid and earning overtime as possible. He even wants Ultra to pay to have cops patrolling Bayside Marketplace next door.

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Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

the "mandatory pat downs" are either going to get a non-vote or be so cursory as to be irrelevant. In either case, girls will then get the 'job" of bringing in the goods. ( Because they CAN and I don't need to explain this- as if guys would ever mind it, LOL) Basically, I agree with posters, the MPD Union sees the way the pols caved and is now trying to cash in , I can't say I blame them either.

charlied
charlied

no cameras? so they are not allowing cell phones in? or does that mean professional cameras w/ lenses?

DrumRollPlease
DrumRollPlease

You can create a nuisance and invite crime but as long as the police union gets paid all is good.  This is the largest fraud in America.  Thank you MPD and MBPD for exposing this.  With out you, Americans would still be in the dark about your overtime fraud. 

Carlos A Salazar
Carlos A Salazar

Once again everyone hating on cops haha fuck man. Lets just let all the drugs in and let all these kids kill themselves and let them do w/e the fk they want right? Then it will also be the "dirty cops" fault for not doing shit . Smh

Veronica Blue
Veronica Blue

Because our so called police officers are corrupt power hungry mother fuckers with no integrity. Not to mention more than half fail to perform their job duties, yet we still pay their salary.

Maria Arellano
Maria Arellano

Because apparently "Money talks and Bullsh*t runs the Marathon" - Nino Brown

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Because anytime they enforce the law on the punks that go to Ultra, the drug addict winds up resisting and then the pd loses when the media attacks them for enforcing the laws. Let's face it, what these kids have taken walking into Ultra, they done more to damage their brains than anything the pd can do to them. It's a fine line and game the pd can't win.

Sayad Khan
Sayad Khan

lol a union. I don't see any workers rights being violated here.

Daniel Beckman
Daniel Beckman

Sounds like the 4th amendment doesn't apply at Ultra, wear clean underwear next year.

Chari ThrillSeeker
Chari ThrillSeeker

Ofcourse they want to pat down a bunch of naked hot girls, get overtime, and easy arrests or pokect confiscations. No cameras either hmmmm convenient isn't it #MiamiDadePolice #DirtyCops

Cream123
Cream123

hahaha.  Cash rules!!  We all knew that's what it would take.  Now, STFU about moving this out of Miami.

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Kenn, that security isn't going to come cheap, that's for sure.

Troy Goings
Troy Goings

Wow all it took was money in the right peoples pocket to make it a non issue here in Miami. Suprise suprise lmao

Kenn Mathews
Kenn Mathews

Great. Next year's tickets should be like $600 now.

Tony Gonzalez
Tony Gonzalez

As we Cubans say...."Aqui lo que emporta es El CASH".....Meaning, the only thing that matters here, is the CASH!

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