From a press release about the treatement of Miami Gardens residents at the hands of a police department as first reported in the Miami Herald.
NAACP: Dept. of Justice needs to investigate Miami Gardens PD harassment of citizens
Adora Obi Nweze, President of the NAACP Florida State Conference, NAACP National Board Member and President of the Miami Dade Branch; David Honig, Special Counsel for the Florida NAACP and President Minority Media and Telecommunications Council; Dr. Shirley Johnson, Florida State Conference NAACP Education Chair and Vice President Miami Dade Branch NAACP; Amber Robinson, Participating Attorney for Fl NAACP and Staff Attorney Minority Media and Telecommunications Council.
The Florida State Conference NAACP is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the “Zero Tolerance Policy” of the Miami Gardens Police. The state conference and its Miami-Dade County Branch is urging Attorney General Eric Holder to direct the Justice Department to review the pattern of intimidation by officers of the Miami Gardens Police Department against local African-American residents.
The people of Miami Gardens are currently facing a crisis in the form of harassment and misconduct carried out by the Miami Gardens Police Department. The police have made hundreds of apprehensions of employees and customers of convenience stores for “trespassing.” This supposed “zero tolerance” initiative by the Department has left the Miami Gardens community shaken and uncertain of whether the police are willing to protect them from actual criminals.