Police Investigating Murder of Kristina Grant Infiniti, Eighth Trans Person Murdered in U.S. This Year

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Kristina Grant Infiniti
After originally investigating the death of Kristina Gomez Reinwald as a suicide, Miami-Dade police have now ruled the case a homicide investigation.

The 46-year-old trans woman, also known as Kristina Grant Infiniti, was found dead in her home in the 2000 block of Southwest 58th Court on Sunday. According to activists, she is the eighth transperson to be murdered in America this year.

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Miami Police: Cop Will Be Punished for Misusing Taser and Covering It Up

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Soldiers taser one another.
A Miami Police officer who needlessly tasered a homeless man and then covered it up will be reprimanded, his department says. The incident was the central focus of a recent New Times investigation into widespread Taser misuse by Miami cops.

Officer Vincent Miller's punishment has yet to be finalized, a Miami Police spokeswoman said. But his reprimand is nonetheless a watershed moment in Miami's history of misusing the electric-shock weapons.

"It is not the first time an MPD Officer has been reprimanded for Taser use, but in the context of his abuse, it is the first we have found," said Daniel Suarez, a member of the city's Civilian Investigative Panel. "I'm certain there are more."

See also: Shock & Awe: Miami Cops Misuse Tasers, With Deadly Results

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KKK Hate Messages Spray-Painted Around Miami Gardens

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One of five sites around Miami Gardens hit with hateful graffiti yesterday.
Miami Gardens, the city that's home to Sun Life Stadium and one of Florida's highest crime rates, has had a wrenchingly difficult week. Days after police fatally shot a mentally ill man armed with a broom, city leaders are now dealing with an apparent hate crime.

Yesterday, someone spray-painted "KKK" symbols -- along with phrases like "move out" -- around Miami Gardens. City leaders and civil rights activists this morning are calling for justice.

See also: Internet Won't Let Lavall Hall, Mentally Ill Man Shot by Miami Gardens Police, Be Forgotten

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Biogenesis Chief Tony Bosch Gets Four Years in Federal Pen

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Tony Bosch gets four years.

Update: Shortly after Bosch's sentencing, Alex Rodriguez issued his first apology to fans for secretly buying banned drugs from Bosch for years.

This morning, U.S. District Court Judge Darrin Gayles sentenced Biogenesis chief Tony Bosch to 48 months in federal prison and three years of probation upon his release on charges related to his infamous Coral Gables steroid clinic. The judge denied a request from Bosch's lawyer, Guy Lewis, a former U.S. attorney in Miami, for a lower sentence owing to his cooperation with prosecutors.

Gayles instead sentenced Bosch to the upper end of sentencing guidelines. He also denied Lewis' request that his client be given another 60 days in drug rehab before beginning his prison term. Bosch instead surrendered a half-hour after the hearing.

See also: Tony Bosch and Biogenesis: MLB Steroid Scandal


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Bar Fight Ends in Severed Ear, Accusations of Taser Abuse by Miami-Dade Police

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Sammy Bromberg was Tased by cops after a fight in which his friend's ear was bitten off.
On December 30, New Times published a yearlong investigation showing local cops routinely broke department policy on Tasers: using the weapons on skateboarding teenagers, shocking the mentally ill, even killing 18-year-old graffiti artist Israel "Reefa" Hernandez. The most disturbing finding, however, was evidence that Miami Police Officer Vincent Miller had stunned a homeless man for no reason -- then covered it up.

Now New Times has found another case of cops allegedly covering up a questionable tasering. A South Florida teen says he was tasered by Miami-Dade Police while handcuffed in the back of a squad car.

"They were just doing it for shits and giggles," says Sammy Bromberg.

Warning: Images may be too graphic for some readers.

See also: Shock & Awe: Miami Cops Misuse Tasers, With Deadly Results

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Miami Gardens Police Killed Mentally Ill Man Armed With Broom, Family Claims

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Catherine Daniels called Miami Gardens Police Sunday morning with a plea: Her son, a mentally ill man named Lavall Hall, needed help. After she called police, Hall walked out of the house holding a broom.

Daniels never saw her son alive again, because the two Miami Gardens Police officers who responded to her call shot and killed him. Miami Gardens Police officials say Hall attacked the officers with an "object," sparking the deadly confrontation, but Daniels says he was armed only with that broom handle.

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Tony Bosch: I Wasn't as Bad as BALCO Chief Victor Conte, So Go Easy on Me

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Next Tuesday, Biogenesis chief Tony Bosch will learn how long he'll spend in federal prison for running an illegal steroid operation. On one hand, he's admitted to supplying dozens of Major Leaguers -- and at least 18 Miami high schoolers -- with 'roids. He's also fessed to helping run a testosterone ring in the Dominican Republic aimed at young players.

But in a new filing this morning, Bosch argues the courts should go easy on him because he helped MLB suspend his clients, including A-Rod and Ryan Braun, and worked with prosecutors to go after his cohorts.

His attorneys also make a more novel argument: That his crime didn't approach that of baseball's other most infamous steroid dealer, BALCO Chief Victor Conte.

See also: Tony Bosch and Biogenesis: MLB Steroid Scandal

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Tony Bosch Spent MLB's Money on Luxury Hotels and Strip Clubs, Attorney Claims

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Tony Bosch
When Tony Bosch -- the steroid-dealing founder of Miami clinic Biogenesis -- agreed last summer to help Major League Baseball go after his biggest clients, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, he demanded some favors in return -- namely, that MLB wouldn't go after his family and that the league would pay for his attorneys and bodyguards. That deal didn't come cheap. The league eventually paid more than a million dollars combined to Bosch's lawyer, Susy Ribero-Ayala, and to Bosch's security team.

But was all that money actually used to pay for legal fees and bodyguards? Not according to new filings in federal court, which claim that Bosch in fact used MLB's cash as a "slush fund" for luxury hotels and dinners, visits to strip clubs, and his girlfriend's expenses.

See also: Tony Bosch and Biogenesis: MLB Steroid Scandal

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Two Dead After Four Separate Shootings Hit Miami on Bloody Sunday

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Thirty-year-old Reginald Killings was outside his home. Twenty-one-year-old Maurice Cabrera was riding his bike. Both men were shot multiple times, and both were killed. A 14-year-old was shot in the face, and another man was shot in the upper chest.

And all the gunfire went down in a few hours this past Sunday.

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Miami Flight Attendant Arrested for Stealing $5,000 in Coins Meant for UNICEF

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A lot of loose change can add up. And for Miami flight attendant Marco Costa, stealing a lot of loose change can add up to serious time behind bars.

The 56-year-old AmericanAirlines employee was arrested January 31 after investigators discovered he had stolen about $5,000 in coins meant to be donated to UNICEF.

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