Miami-Dade Police Shoot Two Pet Dogs, Kill One

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Police can't even seem to break up a dog fight without the use of bullets.

Miami-Dade Police opened fire on two escaped pet dogs that got into a fight with a police K9 yesterday afternoon. One of the dogs died, while the other is in an animal hospital requiring serious surgery.

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Sweetwater Cop Tasered Innocent Man Fleeing Enraged Ex-Stepfather, Lawsuit Says

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Lazaro Cancela was eating at a Cuban restaurant in Sweetwater when the meal was rudely interrupted: Gerard Brito, who was formerly married to Cancela's mom, became enraged at the sight of his former step-son and decided to take action, according to a recent complaint reported on by Courthouse News.

Cancela's day quickly went downhill from there, with a wild, belt-swinging chase through the building followed by a Sweetwater cop hastily tasering the fleeing victim of the violence. Cancela is suing the department, claiming he was unjustly injured by the tasering.

See also: Miami Cops Misuse Tasers, With Deadly Results

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Unruly, Speeding, Coke-Possessing Miami Cop Escapes Charges but Must Retire

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Former Miami Police Officer Christopher Vital might have been 2014's craziest local cop of the year, but he won't face any charges. Instead, he'll be forced to hang up his badge for good.

In September, Vital was driving his BMW late at night with a lady friend when he roared past an accident scene on the MacArthur Causeway. Miami Beach cops gave chase, and Vital's speed reached the triple digits.

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Taser Responds to New Times Investigation, Denies Blame for Abuse

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This morning, New Times published a yearlong investigation into Taser abuse committed by local cops. Among our findings: Miami's three major police departments have tasered more than 3,000 people in less than eight years. Eleven men -- including teenager Israel "Reefa" Hernandez -- have died after being stunned. Local cops have tasered kids as young as six, as well as the mentally ill. In at least one instance, a Miami Police officer secretly tasered a homeless man and never reported it.

Taser International, however, argues that its stun-guns are safe and that the company is not to blame for such abuse.

"TASER does not determine when a TASER weapon is used as this is determined by use of force policies set forth by law enforcement agencies in which force must meet Constitutional standards for force," says Steve Tuttle, the company's vice president of strategic communications. "TASER weapons have proven to save lives and dramatically reduce injuries to suspects and officers."

See also: Miami Cops Misuse Tasers, With Deadly Results

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Miami Cops Misuse Tasers, With Deadly Results

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Richard Rosengarten walked into Publix at 4:20 p.m. November 15, 2013. Normally, not even Rosengarten, a brilliant and bespectacled University of Miami law student, would remember the exact date and time he went grocery shopping. But it's not every day you see cops electrify an innocent man.

The supermarket's automatic doors parted with a whisper. Ten feet in front of Rosengarten stood Vincent Miller, a tall, powerfully built Miami Police officer recently returned from a ten-month overseas military tour. The officer's broad back was turned to the law student. Between the hulking cop and a sale display cowered a dirty and disheveled man.

See also: Miami Beach Police Leak New Times Letter In Record Time. Do Beach Cops Listen to Their Boss?

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Miami Police to Hold Rally Today in Support of NYPD

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It's only natural that a group gathers in remembrance when its members believe one of their own was unjustly killed.

So the Miami Fraternal Order of Police will host a rally this afternoon in support of the New York Police Department and the two officers who recently lost their lives in the line of duty.

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Jose Maldonado-Dick, Cop Who Provided Protection for McDonald's Drug Deals, Denied Bond

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Former Miami Police officer Jose Maldonado-Dick will remain on lockup over the holidays. A judge ruled today during Maldonado-Dick's second appearance in bond court that he will not be eligible for release before his January 25th, 2015 trial based on the severity of his crimes.


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Rodolfo "Rudy" Llanes Reportedly Chosen as Miami's Next Police Chief

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Rodolfo "Rudy" Llanes has been chosen as the next chief of the Miami Police Department, according to the Miami Herald. Currently a deputy chief, Llanes, a department lifer, will take the helm following current chief Manuel Orosa's scheduled retirement next month.

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Demz's Death: Witness, Cop's Record Raise Questions About Graffiti Artist's Killing

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Demz in front of one of his tags.
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.

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.

See also: Graffiti Artist Demz Dies From Injuries After Police Car Hit Him in Wynwood

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Miami Cop Gary Sampson Threatens to Kill Wife: "Let's Finish This Now"

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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.

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