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Jan 24 2013

Carlos Miller Roughed Up By Cops. Again.

Carlos Miller is a Miami photojournalist who has been arrested several times by the Miami-Dade Police for videotaping and photographing police officers on duty, winning in court every time. He now has a lawsuit going against the security guards for the Miami-Dade Metrorail. Those security guards roughed him up a few days ago for asserting his rights against a clearly illegal order.

As you will see in the above video, they tried to push me down the escalator and I shoved back in order to defend myself, which prompted at least three security guards to pounce on me, including one security guard named R. Myers who violently choked me to the point where I thought I was going to die.

I was video recording on my iPhone and my friend was recording on his camera. Both of us ended up handcuffed and detained until City of Miami and Miami-Dade police arrived, both who knew right away who I was.

We were released an hour later with a $100 citation accusing us of “producing loud or excessive noise,” which is a lie.

My friend, who is visiting from California, was taking a picture of the Dade County Courthouse as we were waiting for the southbound train to go back to my place.

Here’s the video of what happened:

What you see is absolutely routine. They tell him he can’t do something that he clearly has a legal right to do, he tells them that he is not doing anything wrong and they decide that the mere fact that he is asserting his rights against them is a provocation and that they have the right to arrest him and rough him up over it. And he’ll beat the rap on this one like he has in every other case. You’d think eventually they’d realize they’re only making it worse for themselves.

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  1. 1
    Gregory in Seattle

    “You’d think eventually they’d realize they’re only making it worse for themselves.”

    Realization requires the capacity for rational thought, the lack of which is one of the defining characteristic of a thug.

  2. 2
    laurentweppe

    Question: when Miller won his previous lawsuits, did the guilty cops earn more than slap on the wrist? Because asserting one’s rights to a bully will never work, obviously, but usually, self-preservation works well as an incentive, so “Your collegues tried to pull that shit before and I beat them in courts and burned their asses” should work well, but only if the threat is real, that is, if the lawsuits he won ended up hurting the rotten cops.

  3. 3
    liokae

    Question: when Miller won his previous lawsuits, did the guilty cops earn more than slap on the wrist?

    Cops? Get held responsible for the crap they pull? This is a country where cops are routinely let off the hook or given no more than a slap on the wrist and paid off-duty time for crimes ranging from theft to vehicular manslaughter and more. No, I don’t think they’re going to even get reprimanded for something like this, let alone punished.

  4. 4
    grumpyoldfart

    You’d think eventually they’d realize they’re only making it worse for themselves.

    The cops will laugh their heads off when they read that.

  5. 5
    Pierce R. Butler

    Those Myers guys get out of control real easy.

    Just sayin’.

  6. 6
    martinc

    I agree with laurentweppe @ 2. The cops are using the Scientology approach. You don’t have to WIN court cases; you can enforce the behavior you want as long as you merely establish a reputation for getting involved in court cases that result in great expenditure of time and energy from the other party. Unless there is financial penalty involved, why would the cops bother changing their approach?

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