Miami Cop Christopher Vital Arrested for Possession of Coke and Heroine, Speeding 100+ MPH

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Miami Police Officer Christopher Vital had a wild night last night. It started with speeding more than 100 mph on the street of Miami Beach, peaked with him kicking out the window of a Miami Beach Police cruiser, and ended with him in jail. For good measure, drugs and a suspended license were involved.

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Miami-Dade's Blackest Cities Have Its Whitest Police Forces

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The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, has highlighted the tension that can build when a town with a majority black population is patrolled by a police force that is largely white.

The situation in Miami is slightly more complicated. Several police forces here have higher percentages of black officers than their cities' general population. The City of Miami has a population that's roughly 16 percent black, but its police force is about 30 percent black.

However, in many of Miami's blackest cities the police force is overwhelmingly white.

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Opa-locka Police Ignored Pistol Whipping, Resident Says

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Thirty-year-old Lytisa Small says that last November she was talking to her ex-boyfriend, Irrington Roberts-Isaacs, outside his home on NW 140th Street in Opa-locka when another woman approached. The woman, a friend of both Roberts-Isaacs and his current girlfriend's, was incensed that Small was speaking to Roberts-Isaacs and smacked her across the face with a pistol. More than eight months later, Small and her lawyer are still pleading with the Opa-locka Police Department -- long considered among the nation's most dysfunctional -- to make an arrest.

"You'd figure it would command more respect from them," Faudlin Pierre, Small's attorney, told Riptide. "They could not care less."

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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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