The actions of the Miami Police Department this week have violated the fundamental due process and first Amendment rights of thousands of peaceful protesters gathering to voice their opposition to the FTAA summit. Take some time now and CALL the Mayors, the city attorney, police chief Timoney and others responsible for these gross violations. Demand a full-scale, independent investigation into the police officers' alarming behavior.
The Miami Activist Defense (M.A.D.) committee and National Lawyers Guild Legal Observers have observed numerous illegal practices that Miami City leadership has referred to as a "blueprint for Homeland Security," including:
* Indiscriminate, excessive force against hundreds of nonviolent protesters with weapons including pepper spray, tear gas, concussion grenades and various types of rubber bullets.
* Police stopping and snatching protesters at random and taking them away in unmarked vehicles.
* Protesters being shot with rubber bullets and trapped by police lines, resulting in major injuries. Medics were not allowed into these areas.
* Violation of agreements made with organizers and M.A.D. prior to protests.
Mayor, Miami-Dade County
MANUEL A. DIAZ
Mayor, City of Miami
Chief of police
Miami City Commissioner
Miami Dade County Commissioner
Local media has been grossly biased in their coverage. While this is somewhat to be expected the following are numbers that people could call and voice frustrations.
CBS4: 305-639-4551, 305-639-4601, 305-639-4426
WPLG channel 10: 305-576-6397
WSUN Fox: 954-524-0388 (Rosh Lowe)