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Miami Police Smashed Mobile Phones Belonging to People Who Witnessed Shooting; One Witness Hid His Phone’s Memory Card in His Mouth

Posted by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 5:05 PM
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Miami Police Smashed Mobile Phones Belonging to People Who Witnessed Shooting; One Witness Hid His Phone’s Memory Card in His Mouth

June 4th, 2011

This is a pretty timely development, coming just a day after the news aboutApple’s iCensor technology.

Via: Miami Herald:

On Thursday, The Miami Herald spoke to the couple that saw the end of the 4 a.m. police chase on Collins Avenue, then watched and filmed from just a few feet away as a dozen officers fired their guns repeatedly into Raymond Herisse’s blue Hyundai. They say the only reason they were able to show the video to a reporter is because they hid a SIM card after police allegedly pointed guns at their heads, threw them to the ground and smashed the cell phone that took the video.

The three-minute video captured on Narces Benoit’s HTC EVO phone begins as officers crowd around the east side of Herisse’s car with guns drawn. Roughly 15 seconds into the video, officers open fire.

Benoit filmed the incident from the sidewalk on the northeast corner of 13th Street and Collins Avenue, close enough to see some officers’ faces and individual muzzle flashes.

Shortly after the gunfire ends, an officer points at Benoit and police can be heard yelling for him to turn off the camera. The voices are muffled at times. The 35-year-old car stereo technician drops his hand with the camera and hurries back to his Ford Expedition parked further east on 13th Street.

The video shows Benoit get into the car, where his girlfriend, Ericka Davis, sat in the driver’s seat. He raises his camera and an officer is seen appearing on the driver’s side with his gun drawn, pointed at them.

The video ends as more officers are heard yelling expletives, telling the couple to turn the video off and get out of the car.

“They put guns to our heads and threw us on the ground,” Davis said.

Benoit said a Miami Beach officer grabbed his cell phone, said “You want to be [expletive] Paparazzi?” and stomped on his phone before placing him in handcuffs and shoving the crunched phone in Benoit’s back pocket. He said the couple joined other witnesses already in cuffs and being watched by officers, who were on the lookout for two passengers who, police believe at the time, had bailed out of Herisse’s car. It is still not known whether any passengers were in the car.

Four bystanders were shot in the gunfire and three officers suffered minor injuries.

Benoit and Davis said officers smashed several other cell phones in the ensuing chaos.

Benoit said the officers eventually uncuffed him after gunshots rang out elsewhere and he discreetly removed the SIM card and placed it in his mouth.

Officers again took his phone, demanding his video. He said they took him to a nearby mobile command center, snapped a picture of him, then took him to police headquarters and conducted a recorded interview while he kept the SIM card in his mouth. He insisted his phone was broken.

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by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 5:05 PM
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redhead-bedhead
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Disgusting.

Charweba
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 5:08 PM
So what's going to happen to the cops now?
epoh
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 5:49 PM
Why did they shoot up the car? There's a lot missing from this article.
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Icpjuggalette
by Gold Member on Jun. 4, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Did he finally get to reveal what was on his sim card?

jnttd
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 5:55 PM


Quoting Charweba:

So what's going to happen to the cops now?
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angelachristine
by Platinum Member on Jun. 4, 2011 at 6:17 PM

wow i'm not suprised though. 

angelachristine
by Platinum Member on Jun. 4, 2011 at 6:19 PM

if it's like most other times nothing hell they may try and go after the guy with the sim card. whatever they can do to turn it around so they appear innocent. it's not right but that's what usually happens.

Quoting jnttd:



Quoting Charweba:

So what's going to happen to the cops now?


melissa632
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 6:20 PM


Quoting Charweba:

So what's going to happen to the cops now?
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P.V.Hawkwind
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 6:25 PM


Quoting Icpjuggalette:

Did he finally get to reveal what was on his sim card?


Somewoman.on.cm
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 7:17 PM

I don't know the answer to any of the questions...

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