Massive DUI Checkpoint Planned Tomorrow for Downtown Miami

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You should never drink and drive, but tomorrow if you find yourself saying things like, "No, I had only two -- I think I'm OK to drive," it might be an especially good time just to take a cab or catch a ride with a friend instead.

A large-scale DUI checkpoint is planned for five hours in downtown Miami tomorrow night.

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Miami Beach Police Union President: Banning Cops From Nightclub Work a "PR Stunt"

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Around 4:30 a.m. Monday police were called about an extremely drunk man outside Mango's Tropical Cafe, the famous jungle-themed Ocean Drive club. The drunk turned out to be Sergeant Mike Muley, a uniformed Miami Beach police officer who was working off-duty security. The embarrassing arrest sparked the first real reform from new MBPD Chief Dan Oates, who promptly banned officers from off-duty nightclub work.

But don't expect the change to go over easily. The head of MBPD's union tells Riptide they plan to fight. "This is an overreaction and a PR stunt," Sgt. Alex Bello says.

See also: Miami Beach Cop Involved in Infamous ATV Incident Relieved of Duty for Being Drunk on Job

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Miami Beach Cop Involved in Infamous ATV Incident Relieved of Duty for Being Drunk on Job

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Miami Beach Police Sgt. Mike Muley has been relieved of duty after getting drunk during an off-duty security gig.

This isn't Muley's first brush with controversy. He was demoted for his involvement in Officer Derick Kuilan's infamous 2011 drunken ATV joyride.

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Opa-locka Police Officer Edward Law Arrested for DUI After Rear-Ending Car

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Lieutenant Edward Law found himself of the wrong end of, well, the law. The Opa-locka police officer was arrested on Friday night while driving his unmarked police cruiser after rear ending another car on the Golden Glades interchange. Police say he was intoxicated.

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How Did Miami Beach's Joyriding ATV Cop Get Off on DUI Charges?

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Derick Kuilan, the former Miami Beach cop who ran over two people while joyriding on South Beach on his police ATV, was convicted of reckless driving charges yesterday but was acquitted of DUI charges. This despite the fact a blood test showed he had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit five hours after the crash.

He now only faces a maximum of five years in prison, half of the 10 total he could have faced if he had been convicted on both charges.

See also: Photo Shows Derick Kuilan, ATV-Driving Miami Beach Cop, During Bachelorette Party

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Miami Edison High School Cop Resigns Over Masturbation Video

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Here are some quick guidelines on masturbation etiquette: Don't masturbate at work. Don't masturbate at school. Especially don't masturbate at work if you work at a school. Don't masturbate in your work uniform. If you don't want anyone to know of your dirty masturbation habits, don't record it. Above all, do not allow yourself to be recorded masturbating while in your office at a school while wearing your police uniform.

Steven Rodgers, the school resources officer at Miami Edison Senior High, has resigned after a local TV station got hold of video of him masturbating in his office.

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Biscayne Park Top Cop Once Suspended for Using Squad Car to Party in South Beach

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Let's play trivia. Today's topic: laughably inept local governments. Can you name the Miami-Dade village that mysteriously suspended its top three cops March 27?

No, not Sweetwater. That was then-mayor Manny MaroƱo, who was busted for taking bribes. No, not Homestead. There, it was Mayor Steve Bateman arrested for unlawful compensation. The correct answer is Biscayne Park. But don't worry. Nobody had heard of the V-shaped village, ensconced twixt North Miami and Miami Shores like a necklace between neighborhood cleavage, until the bizarre batch of suspensions back in March. Police Chief Ray Atesiano promptly resigned. Village officials called in a private security company to investigate. And Biscayne Park went on lock-down. The only announcement was that acting corporal Thomas "Tommy" Harrison would take control of the police department for the time being.

But if Biscayne Park was looking for a strong, moral leader, Harrison wasn't it. Internal affairs records from Harrison's previous employer, Miami-Dade Schools Police Department, paint him as a party boy who couldn't lead much more than a keg stand.

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Florida Sheriffs Association Comes Out Against Medical Marijuana: #DontLetFlGoToPot

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Never expect a cop to be cool about a little bit of pot.

The Florida Sheriffs Association has officially taken a stance on medical marijuana. They're against it. Because you know, it's common practice for sheriffs to take stances on what kind of medical treatment people should be allowed to pursue.

They've even come up with a hashtag to go along with their campaign: #DontLetFlGotoPot. Hip, guys. Real hip. Predictably, almost no one on Twitter is using it.

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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.

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Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates Chosen to Take Over Miami Beach PD

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Miami Beach may have found its new police chief. CBS Miami confirms that Aurora, Colorado police chief Dan Oates has been selected by Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales to take over for retiring chief Raymond Martinez. However, the city commission must vote on the matter before Oates officially takes the job.

Oates is best known for leading the response to the 2012 Dark Knight theater shooting and is credited with lowering crime in Aurora, but has also been criticized for taking a tough stance against medical marijuana and botching a bunch of sexual assault investigations.

See also: Ultra Music Festival Hires Miami Beach Police Chief As Its New Security Director

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