Miami Beach police point guns at witnesses and smash cell phones

The war on photographing police continues in Florida:

On Thursday, The Miami Herald spoke to the couple that saw the end of the 4 a.m. police chase on Collins Avenue, then watched and filmed from just a few feet away as a dozen officers fired their guns repeatedly into Raymond Herisse’s blue Hyundai. They say the only reason they were able to show the video to a reporter is because they hid a memory card after police allegedly pointed guns at their heads, threw them to the ground and smashed the cell phone that took the video.

To protect and serve…. Themselves.

UPDATE: Video of the shooting.

“Four innocent bystanders were injured in the shooting” [By Cops]

Cops shouldn’t be allowed to carry guns if that’s the best they can do.

No wonder they wanted to destroy the video.

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7 Responses to Miami Beach police point guns at witnesses and smash cell phones

  1. Ed Skinner says:

    Jackboots, black shirts, SS.
    This is bad, really bad.

  2. steelghost says:

    That video looked very much like the ambush and execution videos coming out of Iraq in the early days of the war. A vehicle ambushed, persons inside shot, and finally drugged out of the vehicle to be executed by firing swarm. Couple this with the intentional destruction of evidence, and I can not see the difference between the creatures who wore badges in that video and monsters of the last century.

  3. Old NFO says:

    Gotta agree with SG on this ome…

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  5. TJP says:

    Hey, a few bad apples in every bunch, which is why the offending officers were immediately terminated and walked out of the precinct holding a box of their personal belongings. Right?

    Note that I’m not even contesting that the officers should get a trial of facts surrounding the incident that was recorded, which is the more serious of the allegations. I’m just suggesting they be fired for unprofessional conduct, which is such a minor administrative duty that it should be no problem to perform.

  6. Pathfinder says:

    Um, do the cops even know that smashing a phone does not necessarily – or even likely – destroy the recorded video?

    Reminds me of the good old days when cops smashed their way into a computer room with a search warrant armed with – crowbars! Ya know, to break open the computer and rescue all of that data!

  7. noflashbang says:

    Video that the cops tried to smash:

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