The NAACP's Miami Dade chapter calls for the resignation of chief of police Richard Clements and city manager Jimmy Morales after a series of incidents in which police officers in their department have brutalized young blacks celebrating their spring break in the city.
The Miami New Times reports that "officers who shot pepper bullets at a crowd of mostly black partygoers were recorded when a large team of police officers violently arrested a black beach-goer. An officer stuck a knee in the man's head as he held onto the ground At the end of the clip, a policeman fired a pepper bullet into another black visitor's foot. In arrest reports, officials claimed they were there to end a fight. Seven men were arrested without violence for officials with disabilities. "
In a second clip from the same incident, "a tall, muscular male officer from Miami Beach hipped a woman into the ground with his hip, repeatedly pounding his head on the tarmac and pressing her tightly with his hand around her neck hit a police car first. "
The situation escalated further on Friday evening at around 8 p.m. local time on Ocean Drive. Police have reportedly shot a man after allegedly noticing a gun in his waistband. The man is reported to be in a stable condition, but the incident "triggered a rush when the patrons sprinted away from the sound of gunfire," according to the New Times.
The Miami Beach Police Department has been reported to target black people as both residents and visitors in the past. But recent incidents have pushed local leaders and activists to demand accountability.
In an Instagram post titled "We Had Enough", the chapter calls for Clements and Morales to resign as well as the establishment of a civilian supervisory board and a new officer training program. "We told the city of Miami Beach last Friday to end the abuse of blacks and stop using excessive force. They haven't listened. Now it's time to show the city of Miami Beach that we & # 39; We have enough. It is time for collective action, "says the headline:
Neither Morales nor city and police officials have responded to requests for comments.