The "Miami Model" doesn't refer to the slue of girls who flock to Miami Beach in search of agents and all night partying often called networking. Regrettably, "Miami Model" is a method of policing that took place in November 2003, suspending U.S. citizens' First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights, in Miami, for 10 days. Overnight the city was converted into a war zone complete with military tanks and hundreds of officers in full riot gear.
Several chapters vividly recap my personal experience being wrongfully profiled a protester, resulting in three arrests and violent abuse; all approved by the Department of Homeland Security.
On November 19th 2007- Rob Ross ESQ, a civil rights attorney, filed Plata v the City of Miami Beach and against the police Officer who assulted me: Plata v Officer Ortivero on my behalf: Challenging the excessive violence I endured and unethical suspension of federal laws that took place. Several similar lawsuits have been settled to date, amounting in almost 1-million dollars. The FTAA's (Free Trade Area of the Americas) police presence turned Miami unrecognizable and uninhabitable. A suspenseful and controversial personal story is an accurate, eye-opening journey into several corrupt workings of the U.S. government that entices change and promotes a movement in search of truth and justice.
My book- Bombs Over Biscayne is currently in production and will be available online and at bookstore in mid 2008- So please keep checking back!
Melissa Plata is a young Reporter who resided in Miami for years before a tumultuous introduction to the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) ensued in 2003. The illegal policing method used is under public and legal scrutiny. Accumulated knowledge, affiliation with police officials, experience and concealed information compile the contrite facts and opinions that document this tragic period in U.S. history.