Hours after Delbert Rodriguez, a 21-year-old street artist known as "Demz," died last night, the Miami Police Department reiterated its version of what happened: An undercover cop chased Rodriguez after spotting him tagging a building in Wynwood early Friday morning. When the cop turned a corner, police say, Rodriguez was low to the ground in dark clothing; the officer couldn't avoid hitting him. The death, police say, was a tragic accident.
photo via baneripdemz's Instagram Demz in front of one of his tags.
But an account provided to Riptide by Danny Garcia, a friend who was with Rodriguez that night, raises new questions about the pursuit. "The cop was right behind him, and he had no time to hide," Garcia says of Demz.
Riptide also reviewed the internal affairs file of the officer involved, Det. Michael Cadavid. It shows the officer has faced civilian complaints for aggressive policing, road rage, and abusing business owners while out of uniform. None of those complaints was substantiated, but Cadavid was sanctioned for his role in an infamous Halloween fight caught on camera.More »
Miami Police officer Gary Sampson was entrusted with keeping justice and order on the streets of Miami, but allegedly made threats of violence and abuse at home. The 47-year-old officer was arrested today after allegedly threatening to kill his wife and smashing her phone when she attempted to call 911.
A Florida Sheriff's deputy has been placed on suspension with pay after making insensitive comments on Facebook in the wake of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
"Damn cockroaches! Squashem all !!!! I say we rally for Wilson, who's with me?" wrote Detective Richard Moon of the Wakulla County Sheriff's Department on his Facebook page.More »
What started as an argument over a taxi cab refusing to take a credit card allegedly ended up with a woman being arrested in the nude.
Now that woman, Candice Padavick, is suing the Miami Beach Police Department.More »
Tannie "T-Man" Burke, 21, tells CBS4 that he's used to being hassled by cops even though he's never been convicted of a crime. He's been arrested twice and detained several other times, he believes, simply because he's a young black man.
"I feel they stop me because they see a black man walking down the street," he tells Jim Defede. "I don't know what to say about it. I just feel bad about it. That's it."
But his arrest on August 27 seemed particularly cruel and strange. Burke is blind, and after police arrested him on suspicion of marijuana possession they put him in the back of a cop car. They never took him in to be booked, he says, and then dropped him at night in a desolate area nearly a mile from his home and didn't offer help getting home.More »
City of Miami Police officer Jose Maldonado-Dick might have misunderstood the "protect and serve" part of his job description, because he's been arrested for offering to protect and serve drug traffickers.
A seven-year veteran of the force, Maldonado-Dick approached a drug dealer back in July and offered his protection.
He now faces charges of two counts of armed cocaine trafficking, two counts of unlawful compensation, and two counts of unlawful use of a communication device. He was arrested and is being held without bond.More »
Miami Beach Commissioner Ed Tobin is nearly 53 years old. He's been a city commissioner for seven years and a working lawyer for almost 30. But now Tobin wants to begin a new career -- as a Miami Beach beat cop.
Photo by Coolcaesar via Wikimedia Commons
"I figured I'm not getting any younger," Tobin tells Riptide. "I got to get it out of my system."
Problem is, an ordinance forbids sitting commissioners from accepting city employment immediately after leaving the commission. But an exemption can be made if at least five of the city's seven commissioners vote in favor, and Tobin has requested a vote during tomorrow's commission hearing. If he wins, he says he'll submit his application to the police department and resign from the commission if he's hired.More »
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.More »
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.More »