(MIAMI NEW TIMES) More than two dozen cops swarmed Occupy Miami’s Overtown safehouse yesterday afternoon after responding to what appears to have been a bogus terrorism tip.
The raid was the second on Occupy Miami in the past six weeks. On January 31, Miami-Dade cops evicted protesters from Government Center. This time it was City of Miami police officers that arrived in SWAT vans with their assault rifles drawn.
“They were pointing guns at children!” said Ramy Mahmoud, one of three Occupy Miami members taken in for questioning and then released without charges. Miami Police did not return a request for comment left last night. As soon as they do, we will update this post.
Mahmoud and other Occupy Miami members were preparing to travel downtown to protest the birthday of Chase Bank CEO Jaime Dimon when at least half a dozen police vehicles screeched to a halt in front of the building on Northwest Seventh Street.
A cop in a dress shirt with a bullet-proof vest jumped out of an unmarked car, aimed his gun at them, and shouted “everyone on the ground,” according to Occupy Miami members.
“I thought it was either a joke or he was robbing us,” said an occupier who gave his name only as Cobra. “Then an ice-cream truck full of SWAT officers pulled up.”
Nearly 30 cops — many carrying assault rifles or shotguns — spread out around the building, ordering people on the ground and patting them down for weapons.
“They said that they had gotten a tip that we had ‘long guns’ and were going to use them at our protest,” says Thomas Parisi. “But we are a peaceful movement and told them that we had no intention of doing anything like that.”
Occupy Miami members, who have been living at the building since they were evicted from Government Center, said the cops mistreated them.
“They stepped on our backs to see if we were packing guns,” Parisi said. “They forced a 57-year-old diabetic woman onto the ground. And the pointed their guns at my wife.”
Three occupiers were initially put in handcuffs but were released at the scene. Cops then asked Mahmoud and two other Occupy Miami members to accompany them downtown for questioning. There they were kept in different rooms and interviewed for a little over an hour, he said.
“They were asking me questions like, ‘Are you a Muslim?’ and ‘Do you love this country?’” Mahmoud said. “I said hell no I don’t love this country and it’s because of shit like this.”
“They are calling us terrorists but what I saw today was demons pointing guns at us,” he added. “They terrified us.”
(Stephanie Kienzle) Are we there, yet? What is it with people who get elected to local offices and then become drunk with power? We saw this phenomenon with former North Miami Beach mayor Myron Rosner, who used his position to bully anyone who stood in his way when he wanted something. We saw this with current councilman Frantz Pierre, who actually believed he could have the former city manager Kelvin Baker block the alley next to his home with a barrier to keep traffic from driving on a public access road. (I hear the barrier has finally been removed. How’s that working out for you, Frantzie?)
The biggest offender of all, however, is the current mayor of North Miami, Andre Pierre. This dude is so power crazy, he makes Myron and Frantz look like amateurs.
Andre’s latest act of chutzpah is documented in this Miami Herald article, North Miami teacher called to principal’s office after call from mayor.
Words fail me.
Okay, not really.
Read more at: http://www.votersopinion.com/?p=3041
(Stephanie Kienzle for FederalJack) Since they’ve been out of the spotlight for a while, certain members of the North Miami Beach Police Department have been feeling slighted. Maybe they’re jealous of all the publicity Officer Elizabeth Torres has been getting for her role in trying to put a hex on the city manager, Lyndon Bonner. That story has gone positively viral! I’m guessing her, ahem, colleagues are out of sorts at not getting the negative attention they so desperately crave.
Sure enough, the forum over at LEOAffairs.com has been ablaze with the story, and of course, they just HAD to blame someone else for the embarrassment they have again brought upon our city. And, of course, themselves. I seem to be one of their favorite scapegoats along with the Mayor.
For no apparent reason, yesterday one of the cops thanked me. For what, I’m not sure, but someone using the original name of “guest” made a comment, which was followed by yet another brilliant remark from one of NMB’s finest who goes by the name of “FUPAYME.”
Isn’t that special?
First, Mr. guest blames me for Birdseed-Gate, then predicts that Officer Torres will be able to screw the city for $100,000.00, then actually believes the Mayor will be paying that money. What a freaking moron!
Newsflash, guest: I had nothing to do with the bird brained scheme (no pun intended, of course) cooked up by what appears to be a bird brained cop. But, I guess you needed someone else to blame because you really do think you’re all perfect and better than everyone else. Truth is, you dummies have no one to blame but yourselves for the stupid things you’ve been doing.
Of course, I had to play with the man-child cop and posted a comment on my last blog (since I won’t lower myself to comment on theirs). I wrote:
Stephanie Kienzle says:
December 2, 2011 at 9:18 am
Message to the dumb f**king cop who posted the ridiculous comment on that stupid leoaffairs website: I had nothing to do with the two idiots who decided to “put a curse” on the city manager. They did this to themselves. Of course, you need a scapegoat so you continue to blame me for all the problems you create for yourself. You also blame the mayor. Nice try. But, while you’re kissing Myron’s ass and helping him dig dirt on his enemies (yeah, we know what you’re up to), keep in mind one thing: Myron is history in this town. I’ll laugh my ass off when he gets what’s coming to him and all of you go down with him. I’m just saying.
Yeah, I just had to screw with him for sport.
Having to have the last word, “guest” (reincarnated as “infection fighter”) responded with:
Hmmm…. Let’s see. He’s the one who brought me into the Santeria story, and now he’s telling me I’m obsessed with the police department? I hate to tell you, buddy, I don’t give you or the NMBPD a moment’s thought until one of you do something stupid and make the news. DUH! And, as for that “fat paycheck” we’re financing, enjoy it while you can.
As for the comment by FUPAYME, we already know these cops don’t give a crap about our “dump of a city,” and that all they want is their “fat paychecks” so they can go back to their “clean and criminal free city.” They’ve made that abundantly clear.
I guess it wouldn’t dawn on FUPAYME and his ilk that if they did a better job being cops instead of shooting their loads on LEOAffairs or “liming at the Nankin,” North Miami Beach wouldn’t have such a high crime rate in the first place.
I’m just saying.
So, yeah, the handful of miscreants who unfortunately wear the NMBPD uniform are showing their true colors yet again. Unfortunately, we’ve all come to expect this type of childish behavior from them. Frankly, it’s getting old. They can’t even begin to imagine how many residents are so over them and are hoping the city doesn’t renew their contract. At this point, we’d positively rejoice at having the Miami-Dade Police Department as our cops! This arrangement seems to work out well for Miami Lakes and lots of other cities in our county. In Broward County, where the Sheriff’s Department has taken over nearly every city, no one’s complaining there.
I’m just saying.
In the meantime, I have an idea for those of you who just can’t behave yourselves: Why don’t you show up for work, do your jobs, be professional law enforcement officers for a change, clock out, go home and STFU. You don’t live in North Miami Beach and, other than collecting your “fat paychecks,” you have no vested interest in our city. So go live your private lives and stay out of ours. That should work out well for all of us.
(Stephanie Kienzle) The absentee voter fraud scandal in northeast Miami-Dade County continues to get attention. The Miami Herald’s most recent article, Probe finds ‘unscrupulous’ absentee-voting practices at ALF (http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/28/2522333/probe-finds-unscrupulous-absentee.html), states, “A Miami-Dade ethics commission investigation has found questionable absentee-ballot practices at a North Miami Beach assisted-living facility where three residents reported voting problems — and where, after a visit from investigators, one employee said she was instructed to toss all future ballots ‘in the garbage.” The nine-month investigation began after Judith Thompson was turned away from the polls in last year’s general election after being told she had already voted absentee — though she had never requested a ballot. Two other women at the Park Plaza Retirement Residence also had trouble voting by mail.”
Not surprisingly, “No charges were filed as a result of the probe, initiated by the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office in January and completed by the Commission on Ethics and Public Trust last month.”
The common denominator here is that back in January the Miami-Dade state attorney was Joe Centorino, and the executive director of the Miami Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust is now….you guessed it…Joe Centorino.
I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you. Simply shocked.
Read more at: http://www.votersopinion.com/?p=2084
(Stephanie Kienzle) I’ve stated on many occasions that North Miami Beach is the epicenter of the psycho-magnet known as South Florida. My theory continues to be proven scientifically on an almost daily basis.
For example, a pretty good rule of thumb to follow is if you don’t want people to think you’re crazy, then don’t do crazy shit.
Now, I’m certainly no expert on public relations, but it sure seems to me that the North Miami Beach Police Department doesn’t need any more bad press. I’m just saying.
Don’t hold your breath around here because just when you think it’s safe to admit you live in this city (especially when we’re right next door to North Miami – the Corruption Capital of South Florida), someone usually does something so bizarre and so incredibly stupid that the press releases seem to write themselves.
Read more at: http://www.votersopinion.com/?p=2094
(MIAMI NEW TIMES) North Miami Beach has fired two police department employees after they allegedly were caught in the office trying to cast a Santeria curse on the city manager shortly before mass layoffs were planned. Veteran officer Elizabeth Torres and office manager Yvonne Rodriguez were canned last week over the ceremony, says Mark Perkins, a spokesman for the city.
“There was some kind of ritual they were planning inside the city offices,” Perkins tells Riptide. “They were caught in the planning stages.” Torres and Rodriguez were caught plotting with a janitor to spread birdseed around the city manager’s office, a police report says, in accordance with a Santeria ritual aimed at making an enemy “leave you alone.”Torres admitted to investigators that, with Rodriguez help, she had approached a janitor named Paulette Murphy on Aug. 29 to ask if she’d help spread birdseed around a chair inside City Manager Lyndon Bonner’s office.
Local activists like Ernesto Pichardo have won numerous court battles to afford Santeria adherents the same First Amendment protections as other believers.
It’s worth asking hypothetically: Would the city have canned two employees if they were caught praying together in the hallway outside the city manager’s office?
(Stephanie Kienzle) When former North Miami Beach city manager Kelvin Baker invited the NAACP into our city back in August of 2010 to investigate his bogus claims of racism, I stood up to them. I published an “Open Letter to the NAACP,” in which I told them that under no uncertain terms they were they welcome here and promptly showed them the door. More specifically, I told them:
“You have pushed the wrong button with me. You do not intimidate me and you can not make me back down. I will not succumb to blackmail or threats, nor will I cower in fear of retaliation. Just as Baker stated at the meeting that the only one he fears is God, I, too, fear no man. And, I certainly don’t fear the NAACP, which is probably one of the most racist organizations that has ever existed in America…I have one message for theNAACP: BRING… IT… ON!”
Read more at: http://www.votersopinion.com/?p=2070
(Stephanie Kienzle) Just when you thought former North Miami Beach mayor, Myron Rosner couldn’t sink any lower, well…he does. I’m not going to reiterate yet again all the despicable things this man has done since he first tarnished a city council seat and then a mayoral one with his obnoxious presence. Regular readers of this blog are well versed in the many Stupid Myron Tricks he’s pulled over the years. A normal man would have been humiliated out of town at least a year ago. Suffice it to say, the good voters of this city made him a one term mayor by humiliating him out of office last May. YEAH, BABY!
Just because he’s no longer an elected official, doesn’t mean he’s off the radar. On the contrary, like a venereal disease, Myron Rosner is the “gift” that keeps on giving. At least for this blogger anyway, because Myron still provides me with lots of dirt for digging.
Although not the most serious issue Myron is having to deal with, his most immediate problem is that he now has to face the music for the many code violations on his homestead for which he’s been cited by the City of North Miami Beach. He was supposed to appear before the Code Enforcement Board for a hearing in October, but he managed to have it postponed because allegedly he had to replace his attorney. He also managed to skate out of a hearing this month for reasons unknown, except that Code Compliance Manager Eric Wardle took the credit, er, I mean, blame, for pulling Myron’s case from the agenda at the last minute. Word has it that Myron wants the Code Enforcement Board to grant him a THREE HOUR HEARING, during which he plans to parade THREE HUNDRED WITNESSES across the stage. WTF? Even O.J. Simpson couldn’t scare up that many witnesses, and he was on trial for murder! (Sorry, Myron. When it comes to notoriety and scumbaggery, even you aren’t in O.J.’s league.)
Read more at: http://www.votersopinion.com/?p=1857