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Opa-Locka, Florida, City Officials Repeal Ordinance that Bans Saggy Pants

City officials in Opa-Locka, FL recently took a vote as to whether Ordinance 07-19, which bans individuals from wearing saggy pants apparel that exposes their underwear or undergarments in city buildings and parks, should be repealed. Wink News…
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Florida, Gainesville Police Department Announces New Practices that Aim to “Improve Relationships with Citizens”

On August 4th, Police Chief Jay Parrish with the Gainesville Police Department announced some of the new practices he intends on implementing within the department that aim to help “improve relationships with citizens” [Source: The Times].…
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When is a Police Officer Liable for My Injuries in Fort Lauderdale, Florida?

Police officers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are expected to protect everyone in the community, while at the same time, they are expected to make sure not to cause excessive harm to anyone while performing their duties. Since this task isn’t…
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Black Man Detained For Matching Suspect’s Description

Joseph Griffin, a Black male, was out jogging in Florida last month when he was detained for a brief period. A former military veteran and a registered healthcare provider, Griffin was enquired by deputies who thought he met a burglar's description.…
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Boca Raton area police laughed and cursed as they used violence on protesters

Police officers who were working during protests on May 31st in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area were mocking victims as they deployed riot weapons based on newly released audio and video records. Body camera footage reveals a lack of professionalism…
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Miami Florida: Cop is fired for slapping a woman at the Miami airport.

A Miami-Dade County Police Officer was relieved of duty after he was caught on camera punching a Black woman during a heated encounter at Miami International Airport. Antonio Clemente Rodriguez initially claimed the woman "headbutted" him…
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How can I hold a Fort Walton Beach, FL police officer accountable for the injuries I suffered while being detained?

If you were injured by a Fort Walton Beach, FL police officer while being detained and you believe the level of force that was applied was considered excessive, you may have a viable claim against the officer and/or the department. Now, there…
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Fort Lauderdale's Chief of Police Maglione was ousted after criticizing victim and defending officer misconduct. 

Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione has been removed from his position nearly six weeks after a member of his SWAT team shot a peaceful Black Lives Matter protester in the face with a foam rubber bullet, as other officers laughed and…
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Former Miami, Florida Police Officer Charged with Battery After Kneeling on Woman’s Neck and Using Stun Gun on Her Twice

A former Miami-Dade police officer has been formally charged with battery after an incident unfolded outside of a strip club in Miami Gardens back in January. NBC News says Jordy Yanes Martel, 30, was working off-duty as a security guard for…
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What is Qualified Immunity?

The doctrine of qualified immunity has become a subject of much debate following the unlawful killing George Floyd. This article summarizes the legal rule of qualified immunity, how it protects police officers and some suggested alternatives…
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Florida, What Laws Protect Me from Police Brutality?

When police officers use excessive force and harm victims without any valid reason, they are committing acts of police brutality. Unfortunately, police brutality is very common and many times these actions of unjustifiable aggression done by…
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Fort Lauderdale police officer is suspended when multiple witnesses saw him knock a protesting woman to the ground

A Fort Lauderdale police officer was suspended after a video clearly captured him hitting a kneeling woman during a peaceful protest related to the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota days earlier.  Disgraced officer instigated violence…
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Another black man is killed by a police officer in Tallahassee Florida.

  In the midst of the protests over the brutal police killing of George Floyd, another police killing of a black man in the United States has attracted relatively little attention. Tony McDade, 38, was shot and killed by police last…
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How Do I Know When to Report a Case of Police Brutality in Fort Myers, Florida?

 Filing a complaint against a police officer is not something most members in society feel like they should prepare for. However, the unfortunate truth is that police misconduct and brutality is actually a serious problem in Fort Myers…
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How do I make a complaint of police misconduct in Port St. Lucie Florida?

  A police department’s reputation and positive interaction within a community can be tarnished by one act of police brutality or misconduct by a misguided officer.  Police misconduct may occur with the smallest deviation from…
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If a Tampa, FL Police Officer Turns Off Their Body Camera During a Call Will They Face Disciplinary Action?

They could if the officer turned off his or her body camera so that they were able to engage in an act of misconduct and wouldn’t be recognized for doing so. Officers who are required to wear body cameras while on duty are responsible…
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Is de-escalation training the cure for excessive force in Miami Beach Florida?

  Altered state impacts reactions to force. Public drunkenness. 856.011 Disorderly intoxication.— No person in the state shall be intoxicated and endanger the safety of another person or property, and no person in the state shall…
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What Can I do if a Police Officer Violently Grabbed My Child in Daytona Beach, FL?

Despite the authority and advantages police officers have over the general public, officers of the law are still required to respect the rights of the citizens in their community and should not engage in any activity that is considered to…