Miami-Dade police officers on the clock and refusing to answer calls for help.
POLICE BRUTALITY: Miami-Dade Police Choke Fourteen-Year-Old Black Teenager & Abuse Teens Puppy
Miami-Dade Police Choke Black Teenager
Fourteen-year-old Tremaine McMillian was attacked by the…
…Dressed in jeans, a T-shirt, and a baseball cap, Picardat began walking toward his ex’s house. Along the way, he passed local resident and Miami Beach Police Officer Glenn Teboe.
The cop pulled his squad car alongside Picardat and demanded to know if he lived in the area. Picardat said no. When Teboe asked him if he worked in the area, Picardat said, “What’s with all the questions?” according to Teboe’s report.
The bartender gave his name but wouldn’t hand over his ID or his bag. He asked for his attorney. Instead, he got handcuffed.
Teboe arrested Picardat for loitering/prowling and resisting an officer. He wrote in his report that Picardat “could (or would) not dispel my fear for safety of property and citizens.” Picardat says the cop just wanted to search his bag illegally and got mad when he refused.
“I was just minding my own business and walking,” says Picardat. “But Teboe just saw a guy with a bag and who looked like he didn’t belong.”
Picardat spent the day in jail — where he was beaten by a corrections officer for complaining about conditions (the subject of a 2010 New Times article) — before the bogus charges were dropped.
Picardat then sued the City of Miami Beach for false arrest. Teboe’s thin argument didn’t hold up in court. This past February 28, a jury awarded Picardat $100,000 plus attorney’s fees.
Earlier this week, while more than 200 citizen lobbyists were meeting face-to-face with their Congressional legislators in Washington, D.C. to change federal policy on medical cannabis, a series of events occurred in Florida, making that state the next political battleground on this issue.
On Monday, a Miami Herald article cited a recent poll indicating 81 percent of Florida voters said approve of doctors recommending cannabis to patients, with only 14 percent opposed. As many as 70 percent of voters said they supported a state constitutional amendment legalizing medical cannabis, a full 10 points higher than what Florida requires to pass such amendments.
Then, tragically, later that afternoon, the home of Americans for Safe Access member and Sarasota resident Cathy Jordan and her 64-year-old husband Robert was raided by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department. With black ski masks and guns drawn in an intimidating fashion that has become all-too familiar for medical cannabis patients across the country, sheriff’s deputies came into their home and seized all 23 of Cathy’s plants, which she uses to treat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease”), a terminal illness.
Cathy was diagnosed in 1986 with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to loss of limb control, breathing, swallowing, and speech. However, after trying cannabis in 1989, she was able to better manage her symptoms and significantly improve her quality of life. Now, more than 20 years later, Cathy has outlived five of her support groups and four of her neurologists.
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