COMMENTARY: Is Miami Gardens The Stop and Frisk Capital of America?

Originally posted on Black America Web:

If you’re a black man driving through Florida, steer clear of Miami Gardens. Lawyers call it the stop- and-frisk capital of America.

And they’re probably right.

Between 2008 and 2013, Miami Gardens police officers questioned an astounding 56,922 people who were not arrested. There were 99,980 total stops that did not lead to arrests, and 250 individuals were stopped more than 20 times, according to the TV network Fusion, which exposed racist “stop and frisk” tactics by the Miami Gardens Police Department during its six-month investigation.

The irony of this is that Miami Gardens, a suburb about a half-hour drive from Miami is a brand new city that was incorporated in 2003 to unite the mostly Black and Caribbean populations of various regions in the vicinity. It’s only on its second mayor.

In the city of 110,000 residents that has the largest Black population of any in Florida, police have stopped…

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