This Is The Stop-And-Frisk Capital Of The USA
The Miami Gardens Police Department is only a little over 10 years old - the city itself was just incorporated in 2003. And the way Black people are being treated in this predominantly Black town by the police force is a tragedy.
In 2013, Miami Gardens Police Chief Matthew Boyd resigned. According to the Miami Herald, it was because of “allegations that officers under his command have systematically committed harassment, intimidation and civil rights violations."
That couldn’t be more true.
Miami Gardens’ stop-and-frisk problem is so bad that one man named Earl Sampson has been stopped over FOUR HUNDRED times in the last few years alone, according to city records.
An investigation by Fusion found that between 2008 and 2013, “56,922 people… were stopped and questioned by Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD).”
This number amounts to “the equivalent of more than half of the city’s population. Not one of them was arrested.”
Plenty of complaints, lawsuits, and payouts have cost taxpayers MILLIONS. Yet the issue still remains. Officers are said to be targeting Black males between the age of 15 and 30.
While it’s extreme in this city, the practice happens everywhere. So be on the lookout, because stop-and-frisk is alive and well.
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