Woman Sues Miami Beach PD For Arresting Her Naked

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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.

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Miami-Dade Police Arrest Blind Man, Drop Him Off Miles From Home With No Phone

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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.

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Miami Cop Jose Maldonado-Dick Arrested for Offering Protection to Drug Traffickers

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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.

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A 53-Year-Old Miami Beach Commissioner Wants Permission to Quit, Become Beat Cop

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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.

"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.

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Cops Can No Longer Track You Using Cell Phone Data, Florida Supreme Court Rules

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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.

See also: Cell Phone Tracking: Miami Cops Know Where You Are

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Miami Police May Start Testing for Steroid Abuse After New Times Report

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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.

See also: Florida Investigator: I Warned Major League Baseball Not To Buy Stolen Records

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New Miami Beach Police Policy: Get Out of the Way of Moving Cars and Don't Shoot

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More than three years after police on Miami Beach shot more than a 100 rounds into a car driven by Raymond Herisse during a busy Memorial Day weekend because they felt he was trying to run an officer over, the Miami Beach Police Department has enacted a new policy under Chief Dan Oates.

The policy is pretty simple:

1. If a car is driving at an officer, the officer must get out of the way.
2. Under most circumstances, officers are now forbidden from shooting at moving cars.


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Miami-Dade Schools Gave Worthless Spyware to Area Families, Digital Rights Group Says UPDATED

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Miami-Dade schools cops have been distributing spyware to families for years, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
In an effort to protect kids from the evils of the internet, hundreds of local families may well have put themselves at much greater risk of identity theft thanks to free software handed out by the Miami-Dade Public Schools Police Department. So says a new report, at least, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The digital rights group tested the software, called ComputerCOP and handed out by hundreds of agencies around the nation, and found it to be basically worthless for protecting kids and potentially harmful by logging keystrokes -- and potentially passwords -- without proper encryption.

See Also: Cell-phone tracking: Miami cops know where you are

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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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