Cops Can No Longer Track You Using Cell Phone Data, Florida Supreme Court Rules

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The Florida Supreme Court has ruled in favor of protecting a privacy right that many Floridians might not have even known they'd lost, and we have a convicted drug dealer to thank.

Police departments often use cell phone data and spying tools known as "stingrays" to track people's locations through their cell phone calls, often without obtaining a warrant first. Last week the Florida Supreme Court ruled that practice violated the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits illegal searches and seizures.

See also: Cell Phone Tracking: Miami Cops Know Where You Are

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Miami Police May Start Testing for Steroid Abuse After New Times Report

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Our cover story this week is Tim Elfrink's latest dip into the apparently never-ending pool of scandal surrounding the Coral Gables "anti-aging" clinic turned one-stop steroids shop Biogenesis. Amongst the latest scoops: Miami Police Department officers turned up on the client lists of Tony Bosch's clinic, and steroids connected to the case disappeared from the Miami PD's evidence room.

Well, what do you know, today Miami PD says that they're adding several anabolic performance enhancing drugs to their banned substances list, and that officers may be subject to screening tests.

See also: Florida Investigator: I Warned Major League Baseball Not To Buy Stolen Records

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New Miami Beach Police Policy: Get Out of the Way of Moving Cars and Don't Shoot

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More than three years after police on Miami Beach shot more than a 100 rounds into a car driven by Raymond Herisse during a busy Memorial Day weekend because they felt he was trying to run an officer over, the Miami Beach Police Department has enacted a new policy under Chief Dan Oates.

The policy is pretty simple:

1. If a car is driving at an officer, the officer must get out of the way.
2. Under most circumstances, officers are now forbidden from shooting at moving cars.


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Miami-Dade Schools Gave Worthless Spyware to Area Families, Digital Rights Group Says UPDATED

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Miami-Dade schools cops have been distributing spyware to families for years, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
In an effort to protect kids from the evils of the internet, hundreds of local families may well have put themselves at much greater risk of identity theft thanks to free software handed out by the Miami-Dade Public Schools Police Department. So says a new report, at least, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The digital rights group tested the software, called ComputerCOP and handed out by hundreds of agencies around the nation, and found it to be basically worthless for protecting kids and potentially harmful by logging keystrokes -- and potentially passwords -- without proper encryption.

See Also: Cell-phone tracking: Miami cops know where you are

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Miami Cop Christopher Vital Arrested for Possession of Coke and Heroine, Speeding 100+ MPH

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Miami Police Officer Christopher Vital had a wild night last night. It started with speeding more than 100 mph on the street of Miami Beach, peaked with him kicking out the window of a Miami Beach Police cruiser, and ended with him in jail. For good measure, drugs and a suspended license were involved.

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Miami-Dade's Blackest Cities Have Its Whitest Police Forces

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The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, has highlighted the tension that can build when a town with a majority black population is patrolled by a police force that is largely white.

The situation in Miami is slightly more complicated. Several police forces here have higher percentages of black officers than their cities' general population. The City of Miami has a population that's roughly 16 percent black, but its police force is about 30 percent black.

However, in many of Miami's blackest cities the police force is overwhelmingly white.

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Opa-locka Police Ignored Pistol Whipping, Resident Says

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Thirty-year-old Lytisa Small says that last November she was talking to her ex-boyfriend, Irrington Roberts-Isaacs, outside his home on NW 140th Street in Opa-locka when another woman approached. The woman, a friend of both Roberts-Isaacs and his current girlfriend's, was incensed that Small was speaking to Roberts-Isaacs and smacked her across the face with a pistol. More than eight months later, Small and her lawyer are still pleading with the Opa-locka Police Department -- long considered among the nation's most dysfunctional -- to make an arrest.

"You'd figure it would command more respect from them," Faudlin Pierre, Small's attorney, told Riptide. "They could not care less."

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No Miami-Dade Police Cuts, Mayor Gimenez Announces

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First it was 228 Miami-Dade police officers facing layoffs, then it was 110. Now, apparently, it's zero.

At a press conference yesterday, Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez said that no officer job cuts were now on the table for next year's budget after he had come to new agreements with various county unions.

"I had never wanted a single police officer to lose his or her job," Gimenez said. "Today I can announce that not a single sworn police officer will lose their job because of our budgetary challenges."

See also: City of Miami PD to Hundreds of County Cops Facing Layoffs: Come Join Us

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Video Shows Nightclub Brawl Involving NFL Rookie Mike Evans, Miami Beach Cops Watching

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A video that surfaced last Friday on TMZ shows an early-morning brawl outside a nightclub in South Beach. Not all that unusual -- except this one involves Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie wide receiver Mike Evans. And the two Miami Beach cops who appear in the frame do little more than stand around and let the melee play out.

Brown, clearly a very tall, athletic man, is seen arguing with a bouncer outside Dream nightclub in March; the scrum really erupts after a different bouncer forcefully pushes a member of Brown's entourage. Several men then begin to fight, shoving and wildly throwing punches. At one point Brown leapfrogs a car and circles back to the action.

In the video, first reported locally by Random Pixels, two uniformed Miami Beach cops are present throughout the sequence. One gently tugs on Brown's arm before the fight takes off, but other than that, the two are essentially spectators.

See also: Miami Beach Cops Made $300,000 Working Off-Duty for Nightclubs Before Chief Banned Practice

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Only 7 Percent of City of Miami Cops Actually Live in Miami

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No major city police force in America employs more officers who live outside of city limits than the Miami Police Department. In fact, just 7 percent of officers in the 1,860-person police force actually live within Miami's city limits.

See also: City of Miami PD to Hundreds of County Cops Facing Layoffs: Come Join Us

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