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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Miami-Dade Police May Start Wearing Body Cameras

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In the wake of the Michael Brown saga in Missouri, more than 185,000 people have signed a Change.org petition that would require all police officers to wear body cameras.

Well, those body cameras could be coming to the Miami-Dade Police Department as soon as next year.


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New County Budget Would Cut Police Layoffs, Cost PAMM $1.5 Million

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Amid searing criticism from the Miami-Dade County police union for a budget that had slated layoffs for nearly a quarter of its force, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez proposed a revised plan last night that would see the number of layoffs reduced by half, with a chunk of the savings coming at the expense of the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).

"My administration has spent most of this summer trying to save as many jobs as possible," Gimenez said at a County meeting last night, the Miami Herald reported. "We have made significant strides."

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

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

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Next Tuesday 400 Miami-Dade County police officers will gather in a large banquet hall at FIU's football stadium in University Park, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday. The occasion? A frank talk about the officers' future unemployment.

Under county mayor Carlos Gimenez's current proposed budget, 228 officers -- or about a quarter of the entire force, according to John Rivera, president of the county police union -- are slated for layoffs beginning October 1, when next year's fiscal year begins. But the county's loss could be other departments' gain: Amid rumors of the layoffs the City of Miami and other local police departments have reached out to county officers, offering jobs.

"Most agencies are fully aware that Miami Dade's hiring practice and training is one of the most grueling and toughest," Rivera told Riptide. "You get a proven product."

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Miami-Dade Police Sergeant Charged With Plying Boy With Drugs, Groping Him

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James H. Edwards III, a Miami-Dade Police sergeant and 27-year veteran of the force, now finds himself behind bars. Edwards allegedly provided a 15-year-old boy with booze and drugs, groped the boy, and then masturbated in front of him. He now faces charges of lewd and lascivious conduct and exhibition.

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Miami Beach Cops Made $377,000 Working Nightclub Security in the Past Year

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After Miami Beach Police Sgt. Mike Muley was caught drunk while working an off-duty assignment at Mango's last month, new Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates responded with a harsh edict: Beginning this month, MBPD cops are banned from working nightclub security jobs. The union balked, complaining that banning the jobs would make clubs less safe. Their resistance, they said, had nothing to do with the money.

But how much cash will Beach cops lose under Oates' new policy?

A New Times records request found that 80 Miami Beach Police officers earned a combined $377,090.50 from off-duty nightclub work from July 21, 2013, to July 21, 2014. The top-grossing officer was Jerome Berrian Jr., who earned $27,877 in the 12-month period working details at Wet Willie's, Nikki Beach, and Story. Two other officers, Eric Schultz and Omar Marrero, took in more than $20,000 each from the assignments, and a dozen others, including Sergeant Muley, earned more than $10,000. Officers were paid $38 an hour for security work at the clubs (the total off-duty amounts also included some income for coordinating security); and on holidays they earned double -- $76 an hour. This past New Year's Eve alone, Berrian took in a whopping $1,254 for a 16.5-hour shift at Nikki Beach.

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

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Miami Beach Cop Blames Boner Cream for Positive Cocaine Test

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If there was one American city where accidentally getting cocaine into your system without your knowledge would be a somewhat common occurrence, it is Miami. After all, back in 2009 French Tennis player Richard Gasquet was suspended after a bit of coke turned up in his system. He claimed that it entered his body because he made out with a coked-up woman at LIV, and his suspension was lifted.

Miami Beach Police Detective Reinaldo Casas excuse for failing a cocaine test is even better. He claims it entered his body because he was using some questionable boner cream.

See also: Miami Beach Cop Blames "Sexual Aid Cream" for Firing

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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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