Miami Beach Police Temporarily Suspend Ordinance Used Against People Filming Officers

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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) — The Miami Beach Police Department has temporarily suspended a caller ordinance that critics accidental was being utilized to apprehension bystanders utilizing their cellphone video cameras to grounds constabulary connected duty.

According to a connection released by constabulary spokesperson Ernesto Rodriguez, “On July 26, astatine the directive of the Police Chief, MBPD has temporarily suspended the enforcement of CMB Ordinance 70-8 until each Miami Beach officers person additional, in-person grooming connected the nuances of the ordinance. As a result, determination person been nary arrests pursuant to this ordinance since July 26.”

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The section ordinance passed successful June makes it a transgression to basal wrong 20 feet of officers with the “intent to impede, provoke oregon harass” them.

Arrest information provided by the constabulary shows that 13 radical person been arrested nether the ordinance. At slightest 8 of those arrests were of radical who had been video signaling officers. All 13 were young Black men oregon women.

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In the aboriginal greeting hours of the time the ordinance was suspended, 2 men were arrested arsenic they video recorded constabulary officers astatine the Royal Palm Hotel successful South Beach. One antheral was filming constabulary arsenic they repeatedly bushed a handcuffed antheral accused of fleeing constabulary aft striking an serviceman with a scooter, officials said. The 2nd antheral was arrested aft filming officers arsenic they waited extracurricular the lobby to transport the archetypal antheral to jail.

Surveillance video representation of unsmooth arrests that led to transgression charges being filed against 5 Miami Beach constabulary officers. (Courtesy: Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office)

Prosecutors aboriginal dropped the charges against some men and filed misdemeanor artillery charges against 5 constabulary officers who had been astatine the scene.

A time earlier the edifice arrests, constabulary pepper-sprayed and arrested a pistillate who had been filming a postulation halt successful South Beach. The complaint against the pistillate hasn’t been dropped.

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