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Those Wacky Miami Cops in Another Shootout

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Another shoot out in Miami; this time four were left dead. One of the dead was a police informant who told his buddies about a load of marijuana ripe for the picking at a ranch in the Redlands. There was no load, of course, and the police were waiting. The criminals were carrying guns and the police opened fire.
So what’s wrong with that?
This was a manufactured crime. The informant, who was also killed, was told by the police what to say. He told them how easy of a score it would be, and told at least one of them to bring weapons so that the police would be able to notch an armed drug trafficking bust. Supposedly it wasn’t in the plan for the informant to go along, but what likely happened is that the others asked him, “if this is so easy, then why don’t you go with us?” Informants are rarely the brightest bulbs in the chandelier. I am not suggesting that the dead men were innocent, but where the police create an irresistible scenario we cannot be surprised if some take the bait. The risk to the surrounding community was ignored.

Just as the police sometimes attack the wrong house, so do the criminals. In my old community of Coconut Grove, for a while there was an enormous increase in street crime on Shipping Avenue. We didn’t know why, but we later learned that the police had encouraged an informant to sell drugs at below-market prices and supplied him with the goods to sell. Soon, the city’s drug users converged on Shipping Avenue to take advantage of the low prices and hassle-free shopping experience. The police were less concerned about what the shoppers did after making their purchases, much to the chagrin of the community they were trying to protect.

By putting four armed men in a potentially violent scenario, the police did as much to harm the community as to save it.

Written by mokane

July 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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