While the Donald Sterling story makes national headlines, the ongoing police harassment and brutality in Miami Gardens barely touches the national radar.
In the summer of 2010, a young Black man was stopped and questioned by police on the streets of Miami Gardens, Florida. According to the report filled out by the officer, he was "wearing gray sweatpants, a red hoodie and black gloves” giving the police "just cause” to question him. In the report, he was labeled a "suspicious person.”
He was an 11-year-old boy on his way to football practice.
A Fusion investigation has found that he was just one of 56,922 people who were stopped and questioned by Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD) between 2008 and 2013. That’s the equivalent of more than half of the city’s population. Not one of them was arrested. It was all part of the city’s sweeping "stop and frisk” style policy that may be unparalleled in the nation.