Internet Won't Let Lavall Hall, Mentally Ill Man Shot by Miami Gardens Police, Be Forgotten

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One of several images making their way around Twitter to bring attention to Hall's death.
On Saturday, Lavall Hall, a Miami Gardens man diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, was having an episode. His mother called police to help her calm down her son. As it turns out Hall's mother would never see her son alive again.

Miami Gardens Police showed up the scene and ended up fatally shooting the 25-year-old.

See also: Miami Gardens Police Killed Mentally Ill Man Armed With Broom, Family Claims

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Jury Will Decide if West Miami Cop Was Wrong to Taser Unarmed Man Who Died, Judge Rules

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A Taser similar to the one used by West Miami Police on George Salgado.
For years, cops accused of needlessly tasering suspects have been protected in South Florida. Even in instances when suspects have died after being shocked, officers have avoided blame in both criminal and civil courts.

That could be changing, however. Last week, district judge James Lawrence King ruled that a jury will hear a lawsuit against West Miami cops over the Taser-involved death of 21-year-old George Salgado.

"This ruling really changes the landscape here in South Florida as to what courts will accept from officers discharging their Tasers," Keith Pierro, an attorney representing Salgado's parents, tells New Times.

See also: Shock & Awe: Miami Cops Misuse Tasers, With Deadly Results

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A Reality-Show Producer and Convicted Sex Offender Sues a Miami Cop With a Brain Injury

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In March 2013, Chicago resident David Schlessinger was at the Calle Ocho music festival when he tried to take a group of friends to a restricted area. He mentioned his Clear Channel connections and flashed old BET credentials, but a guard refused to let him pass. "'That guy's an idiot,'" Schlessinger told a friend as he walked away.

When the guard overheard and confronted him, it sparked a truly bizarre fight now playing out in Miami-Dade circuit court. On one side: Schlessinger, a music producer and reality-show creator who is also a sex offender convicted of molesting three boys in the '90s. On the other: A Miami Police lieutenant with a documented brain injury and dozens of citizen complaints.

"It's an unfortunate situation where you have a police officer who believes he has the... discretion to use his power however he sees fit, without any repercussions," John de Leon, the lawyer representing Schlessinger, tells New Times.

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Miami-Dade Cop Faces Charges for Scratching His Car and Lying About It

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Well, you can't say local cops get away with everything.

Miami-Dade Police Officer Joshua Zacarias will face charges after he had a minor run-in with a gate at a police station parking lot and then lied about it.

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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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