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Miami's Finest, Hard at Work


(another fuck da police thread)

Surround a car and shoot the guy inside and THEN go after the bystanders, crush their cell phones, beat them and arrest them. WAY TO GO MIAMI PD!!!!!

(CNN) -- An eyewitness to a fatal police shooting in Miami Beach last week claims police officers attempted to confiscate the video he filmed of the incident, and even crushed his phone underfoot in an attempt to destroy the recording.

Narces Benoit says he just happened to be in the area driving with his girlfriend when police fatally shot an erratic driver early Memorial Day morning.

He said after the disturbance started, he pulled over his truck, and started recording with his cell phone camera capturing the shooting.

"When he noticed me recording, one of the officers jumped in the truck, put a pistol to my head," he said. "My phone was smashed - he stepped on it, handcuffed me."

Juan Sanchez a detective with Miami Beach Police Department said he could not comment on how officers that night handled eyewitnesses who may have filmed the incident, because the matter could become the subject of an internal investigation or a civil lawsuit.

But Sanchez added that after the shooting, the site was an active crime scene and the police were looking for additional suspects.

Benoit's girlfriend, Ericka Davis, was also in the truck at the time.

"They handled us like we were criminals," she said. "The officer came over to the driver's side, on my left, and just put the gun to my head."

"They took everyone's phones and smashed them," she said.

Benoit says the only reason he still has the footage is because it was saved on a tiny memory card, which he removed and hid from the officers, despite being told to hand over his video.

"I took the chip out and put it in my mouth," he said, and kept it there the whole time he was interviewed by police at a nearby mobile command post.

His video shows an officer on a bike approaching his truck and pointing a gun directly into the camera; giving an indecipherable command; and then backing away.

Another officer orders them to stop filming and get out of the truck, and then the video ends.

Benoit charged CNN a fee to license his video and air it in a news report. He has since given police a copy, he said, but is considering suing them over his treatment.

Miami Beach police say they are still investigating the fatal shooting of the driver, that Benoit captured on tape.

Police say at around 4 a.m. on Memorial Day, officers stopped Raymond Herisse in his car, but after an altercation, he sped off.

Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega said that Herisse drove recklessly, striking other cars, "driving on sidewalks, and you name it."

"One of the officers was struck," he told reporters. Luckily the officer was not seriously injured, he said, but the suspect posed a threat to the officers and the public, "as a situation involving deadly force."

A video posted on YouTube, which CNN cannot independently confirm, shows a commotion on a wide boulevard, as an erratically driven car comes to a stop at an intersection. Bystanders scatter as officers surround the car, with guns drawn. Then gunfire breaks out. In Benoit's video, it looks like there are muzzle flashes from the pistols of as many as a dozen officers.

Herisse was killed, and four bystanders were injured by gunfire, according to Noriega.

Benoit and Davis criticized the police for the number of shots they fired, in the presence of numerous bystanders.

"We could have been killed," said Davis. "They were shooting so long, you could hear their guns clicking on empty, but they kept pulling the trigger," she said. "I think that's excessive."

Noriega said it was unclear whether the suspect shot at the officers, but police later recovered a gun from his car.

You know what's coming...

Wait for it...

Here it comes...


Wow... Well if the guy inside the car did pull a gun, he deserved to be shot... But multiple officers firing all of their rounds into a car with a single suspect? Give me a fucking break!

Hitting 4 bystanders?!? When aiming at a stationary vehicle?!? Who taught these mother fuckers how to shoot? lol

I don't know if it's illegal to film police officers in Florida or not (I know it is in some states) but coming up guns drawn on the bystander with a cell phone is unacceptable. (illegal or not)

These idiots shouldn't be carrying weapons (and I am NOT anti police like a lot of people on here are)


Agree with Gregron - dickheads fly in all sorts of colours and jobs, but how the fuck are these guys trained? Is there no pressure-testing at all?

"We could have been killed," said Davis. "They were shooting so long, you could hear their guns clicking on empty, but they kept pulling the trigger," she said. "I think that's excessive.!"

4 bystanders injured, given the situation, is ludicrous. Oo




waits for the first post arguing that it was all justified, that people just dont understand the stress police are put under, that citizens should bend over and take it, and/or the guy filming is somehow the bad guy


you have no idea how much stress police are put under these days! Especially with Miami in the NBA Finals!!! :slight_smile:




Psh, they can't even catch that Ice Truck Killer dude.


This is where the battle for smaller government begins and ends!!


I watch the Documentary,"Cocaine Cowboys" awhile back but isnt Miami police known to be corrupt as fuck?


Huh? I don't follow your logic.

As for the incident, it seems obvious that police forces don't train properly for situations such as this where there are multiple police officers and one (or two) suspects. There is a need for only certain officers to fire at once, that way you can limit the amount of collateral damage. I attribute the injuries to bystanders to the sheer number of police firing almost (generously giving benefit of the doubt) indiscriminately.



Well the guy that driving was black and the guy that was recording was black ergo he was a suspect.

Am I doing it right?



the guy in the car had a gun and had already struck an officer... and the guy recording was breaking the law (according to floridas "two party consent" law)

am I doing it right?


Also fuck the police, there was an incident down the cape a few weeks ago 30 off duty bloods where harrassing some ladies at the bar, a gentleman defends the damsels and the cowards ganged up on him and beat him down.


So far there hasn't been any say on whether or not he pulled a gun and shot at the officers, and two party consent law allows the officer to point a gun at the guy and smash his phone? Good to know.


Where did I say that?


I agree the Heat are playing great and probably going to win the series.

Good call OP!


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I can't get that Hangover 2 scene out of my head every time I hear the word police :stuck_out_tongue: FUCK THE POLICEEE!! FUCK THE POLICEE! Just in case some of you haven't seen it I'll refrain from posting the scene!


Haha - good call.