Miami Gardens Sued For Federal Civil Rights Violations

Friday, a 144 page lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court alleging a long history of police abuse and racial profiling in the northern suburb of Miami.  Allegations include aggressive police tactic, including stop and frisk, and arbitrary arrests, targeting African-Americans.

Alex Selah

Ali Amin (Alex) Selah

The lawsuit is led by Ali Amin Saleh, the owner of a convenience store in Miami Gardens.  Videos have been previously released showing the police harassing customers at Saleh’s store and there are also reports of one of his employees being arrested numerous times for trespassing while at work.  Blackbutterfly7 previously reported on this matter.

Plaintiffs are represented by the Reyes Law Group.

“Over the course of approximately five years, spanning from 2008 to 2013, Mr. Saleh’s Quick Stop was unlawfully searched without reasonable suspicion or arguable probable cause, numerous times by MGPD (Miami Gardens Police Department) officers,” the complaint says.

The lawsuit also alleges, “The constitutional abuses are a result of either unconstitutional policies, or policies that, while constitutional on their face, are implemented in such a way that violate constitutionally protected rights. Additionally, all constitutional abuses have occurred under the color of authority by MGPD officers.”

“In addition, MGPD officers have engaged in a policy, practice and/or custom of stopping-and-frisking, searching, seizing, and arresting patrons of his Quick Stop while they are on the premises for loitering or trespassing,” it added.

The complaint said the arrests and searches at the convenience store came despite repeated protests from Saleh, who told police the “suspects” targeted on his property had his full permission and authority to be there.

The lawsuit sets forth polices requiring officers to issue a specific amount of citations, field contact reports, and arrests per month, rewards for police officers meeting quotas, and reprimands when not.

The complaint seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages in addition to injunctive relief.

Among the named defendants are Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III, Former Mayor Shirley Gibson,  City Manager Danny O. Crew, Chief of Police Mathew Boyd, Deputy Chief Paul Miller, and Captain Gary Smith.

Posted on 12/04/2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. Good! We have to hold police accountable for their racist gestapo tactics.

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    • Mindyme62, we certainly do. It’s shameful that it has to come to that. One would think that City Managers, the Chief of Police, and Mayor, would have stopped those practices years ago before it came to this. It appears that the report of “high crime” is actually based on false arrests. The cops there created the conditions to increase the number of arrests they report, so it’s a vicious circle.

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  2. Hi Xena! Thanks for posting this! As we know, this is where Trayvon lived. Personally, I am very happy they hired this law firm and not Crumps who specifically asked Rachael why she didn’t attend funeral and this almost destroyed the entire case. Won’t even comment on why BDLR had to also ask? Disgraceful!
    At the time I thought bigboithedog was a personal friend and asked her in a private message why Crump would do this and what a creep I thought he was. She replied oh no, he is a wonderful lawyer. Later discovered she didn’t know him or anyone. Cat fishing at it’s best!

    Well, Macys and Barney’s can now expect the same type of law suit, in NY no less.

    Can I repost this to grounda Moren new blog?

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    • @2dogsonly.

      Personally, I am very happy they hired this law firm and not Crumps who specifically asked Rachael why she didn’t attend funeral and this almost destroyed the entire case. Won’t even comment on why BDLR had to also ask? Disgraceful!

      No doubt they were trying to establish the emotional result on Rachel learning that she was the last person to talk to Trayvon. They didn’t know that Rachel lied to covered her shame. People much older than her lie for the same reason. I wish that she hadn’t, but I understand why she did and think that she explained that very well at trial.

      Crump is located in Tallahassee, so it is not unexpected that Selah would retain a firm closer to Miami Gardens. It also appears that Parks and Crump take cases when victims have been injured or killed.

      Well, Macys and Barney’s can now expect the same type of law suit, in NY no less.

      When behaviors are repeated and there seems to be no end, it leaves victims no recourse other than to seek the courts. This is why, IMHO, it is important for everyone to speak up, even it that means by way of letter to those in authority.

      Can I repost this to grounda Moren new blog?

      They should be able to reblog. That way, proper attribution is given. Can you post the link to that blog?

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    • roderick2012

      Can someone explain to me why those two lies were big deals?

      I didn’t watch the trial but did Bernie ask DeeDee why she lied?

      What was her response?

      If I were the last person to speak with someone who was murdered I wouldn’t want to face the family either. I would feel guilty that I didn’t do something to help even if we were hundreds of miles apart when it occurred as were Trayvon and Rachael.

      As for lying about her age thought it was because Rachael had been held back in school and she was embarrased that it would be publicized.

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      • Roderick, I think the age was assumed because of something said about knowing Trayvon since kindergarten. And, we really don’t know if Rachel was held back in school. She may have started school late.

        It was clear to me during the trial that Rachel didn’t want to get involved for her own safety and emotional well-being. Just look at all the doxing by the haters and conspiracy theories they launched AFTER her interviews with attorney Crump and Bernie were made public.

        When she said that she thought Trayvon’s killer had been arrested, I believe her because logically, when a person kills another, they are arrested. Imagine in her mind trying to figure out why they needed to interview her to get evidence to arrest the man who admitted killing Trayvon — when Rachel knew that Trayvon was trying to get away from him and had done nothing wrong.

        That whole big deal about her not reading cursive is a joke too, because there are numerous people in the U.S. descended from Mexico and other countries who do not write and read cursive.

        The defense made a big deal out of the misrepresentations because Rachel’s testimony was damning to Zimmerman. They had to attack the messenger to deflect off her testimony and appeal to the biases of the like of Juror B37.

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      • And she had every reason to be afraid. not even the state prosecutors, supposedly the best we’ve got, most experienced, did NOTHING to prepare her for testimony nor did they lift a pinky finger to demand respect and basic court room decorum on her behalf during the trial. the state AND the Judge, allowed the nasty unethical behavior from the defense to go on and on before the trial and for the hours she spent on the stand!

        i still cant believe what the state let happen during that freak show. god i hope the DOJ will bring that whole shit down. just once in my life, i’d love to see the right thing done for Trayvon Benjamin Martin. he didn’t deserve this shit!

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        • Exactly!!! Why didn’t they prepare her? Why indeed. Thank god she is as smart and strong as she is cause she is turning this horror show into a wonderful future and it sure as hell could have ended with her suicide. And I blame Crump, sorry Xena.

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          • roderick2012

            @2dogs, why are you blaming Crump?

            He is the attorney for the Martins not Racheal.

            It was Bernie’s job to prepare her for direct and cross examination at the trial.

            Bernie should have address her speech issue at the being of her testimony but he was Angela Corey’s head minion and they had no interest in convicting Piglet.

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          • Roderick2012, the Fultons hired him when it was apparent the normal channels of investigating a crime were not being followed. There were no charges filed when the Fultons hired mr. crump. They allowed him to listen to their son’s last phone call and put their trust in him. By him asking RJ the question about why she didn’t attend funeral and then feeding her the answers he wanted her to say ,e.g.,so you were too sick , you had to go to the hospital..it forced her to not answer truthfully and BDLR asked the same question at the last minute ( I think he forgot the script) “oh, one more so you were too sick to go to Trayvon’s funeral?”

            Jesus, no wonder RJ hated crump.

            The Fultons trusted him to do everything above board to bring justice for their son. Instead the defense jumped on this and crump had to hire that great attorney, Mr. Blackwell, to defend Crump’s integrity. And this cast a shadow over a major witness’s, RJ, integrity and almost got this same major witness’s, RJ, testimony thrown out.

            I don’t want to think any longer about what occurred, but am just relieved crump wasn’t hired in the new Miami garden HUD discrimination suit.

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          • 2dogsonly.

            And I blame Crump, sorry Xena.

            No need to be sorry. When I consider the testimony of other prosecution witnesses, and statements made by Juror B37, I don’t think the result would have been any different even if Jesus Christ had testified for the prosecution. Juror B37 was there to make sure that George was not convicted.

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  3. Reporting fake crimes is what tubs did. Neighbor’s dog, named Bigboithedog, in his yard, called back “ok dog gone but he wanted it noted it took over 30 minutes for LE to respond, oh and dog now back, etc.”
    Building materials were taken (yawn) not his report I don’t think. But he reported his bike stolen by an AA neighbor, neighbor had to produce receipt showing it was actually his. The most fun, also not reported by tubs, was the report of a stolen xbox which son’s friend could not sell and was returning it to his buddy when mother came home and reported it to LE.

    The only serious crime was the one another neighbor’s kid did,that really if the homeowner had shouted through the door “I am home and calling police”instead of hiding upstairs, would have sent them on their way.

    He went to great lengths to build fear;thereby,hopefully, the need to keep him as NW in a free or reduced condo, by continually emailing “ALERTS”….much as Jr. does with his now “STAND BY” tweets. I give you:” ALERT!!! It has been reported that someone is stealing our garbage before trash men can take our discarded items”! Be on lookout and report this and try to have someone at home at all times to watch for such crime.People must not be allowed to steal our discarded items.

    Also, his rote lead in to every NEN call and famously on his police interviews and walk throughs…” There was a man looking at this home ( taffe’s) who is not home and his home is not secured and is unlocked” No one thinks to ask him how he knows house is not locked and why he couldn’t just call his neighbor? There is a follow up report that home was fine but that was never acknowledged.

    I believe he called in report of a black man outside of a white’s home only to discover guy was just outside smoking.

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    • @2dogsonly.

      I believe he called in report of a black man outside of a white’s home only to discover guy was just outside smoking.

      That would be Emmanuel Burgess outside of Taaffe’s house. Zimmerman knew Burgess and even told dispatch that he saw him on garbage days going through the trash. It was also Burgess who was arrested for entering the townhouse of the woman that Zimmerman “comforted.” Burgess was one of their neighbors.

      Funny thing that “burglaries” increased after Zimmerman moved into that community.

      Burgess was arrested several weeks before Zimmerman killed Trayvon, and he was charged with 5 counts of theft. Judge Nelson sentenced him. Zimmerman knew that Trayvon was not part of Burgess’ ring of thieves. The other members who hung out with Burgess came into the 7 Eleven just after Trayvon walked out.

      Funny that O’Mara subpoenaed 7 Eleven for the receipts in effort to identity and dispose those 3, but it somehow fell through the cracks.

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      • Xena? huh? those 3 guys, that bought the cigars at the 7/11 were connected to burgess?? are these the guys you’re talking about or some other dudes? i didn’t watch the 7/11 video after those guys left so i didn’t see anyone else… this is confusing. but then how did you find out who they were?

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        • Shannon, Lonnie Starr presented theories about “the 3 stooges” that he put together based on events, the 7 Eleven and clubhouse videos. O’Mara failed to produce any info at trial that he had subpoened from the 7 Eleven. After the verdict, some people became interested in it. I started a thread on 3Chics for that purpose.

          http://3chicspolitico.com/2013/09/16/theories-trayvon-martin-and-the-3-stooges/

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          • Thanks x, so much unanswered questions & so many horrible truths not said.
            Why did Zimmerman have to pick Trayvon’s life to snuff out of all the ppl in the world? I’m so sorry for him.

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          • Shannon, I wish that I had the answers. Since Shellie revealed that she had left George that Saturday, it raises additional questions. Being angry enough to leave her home, she was not so angry than she didn’t move in with the Ostermans WITH George the following night. In other words, it wasn’t all about George but rather, living in that townhouse.

            It causes me to suspect that she left their home because of SOMEONE other than George — and I suspect that someone is whomever put that butt-whipping on him, because as forensic evidence proves, Trayvon did not.

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  4. Not blaming Rachael at all! You can hear her try and not answer and him feed words to her…so you were sick? Ah, yes. So you had to go to hospital, ah yes.But Crump,for asking her and when she pauses, he feeds her correct answer. Why is it even pertinent she didn’t attend his funeral. It isn’t but damn it gave other side room to pounce and very nearly got her phone call excluded. Crump defends in Georgia. I am just very happy this man in Miami Gardens didn’t hire him.

    It is an attorney’s job to know answers to questions that are being recorded or will be asked in court.

    I’ll be back with her blog..it’s gronda moren but I’ll double check tonight.

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    • @2dogsonly. I hear ya and understand regarding Rachel.

      Crump defends in Georgia.

      Yes, also in California. As long as there is a local “lead” attorney licensed by the State, attorney Crump can join the team by pro hac vice application.

      Crump’s practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. The lawsuit filed against the MGPD does not involve physical injuries. Rather, they involve civil right violations.

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    • 2dogsonly, While in the end it did not matter whether Rachael testified or not, due to the trial being a total farce. You say it was Mr. Crumps job to know the answer before the question is asked or recorded, that would be nice if it were to happen that way. If Mr. Crump had known the answer do you think he would have asked it the way he did? The only way he could have known the answer if to have interviewed her prior to the recording, and guess what, had he done that her testimony probably would have been not allowed. My thoughts are this, instead of being angry with Mr. Crump, we actually should be happy he was able to find this young lady and manage to interview her in such a way that her testimony was allowed… But like I said, it was all for nothing because the end result was decided before the trial (IMO) and as a result a murderer was set free upon the people of Florida.. and if I was a betting man, I would bet he will again walk away from this last episode and eventually he will murder again… that is a bet that I would like to lose…

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      • Crazy1946 Sabrina knew Rachael, it wasn’t Crump who found her. And they knew she hadn’t come to the funeral cause she wasn’t there! 😉 so why ask that question?

        I totally agree with you, tubs needs that excitement of wrecking havoc to feel anything. His vitals were completely normal immediately after and when they showed Trayvon’s dead body on screen he looked at it without turning away and without any expression. Just cold staring.and upon his not guilty verdict, he could barely elicit a smile. One of the nutters said Judge Nelson had ordered no outbursts but she didn’t. Remember when Serino was interviewing him he was trying his best to get tubs to express some emotion, saying you know! this impacts even hard core cops and you may have sleepless nights? Tubs response:” no just concerned about shooting my own hand”

        RIP Nelson Mandala. The POTUS just said there will probably never be a man like him and I think he is correct. 27 yrs. in prison and changes apartheid without denigrating white people. A man like no other. And humble too..

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      • Xena, Gronde has just written a very detail and quite beautiful blog about Rachel. Would love for it to be shared with your readers.

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        • 2dogsonly. I’m following that blog in Word Press reader — will have to check. If it’s recent, like today, then it should come up. In the alternative, I’ll look for it and reblog. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  5. Xena, Reading and writing in cursive has been all but stopped in Florida schools. The only reason my son can do it is because I had him in a church school for the first few years of schooling (he is a year younger than TM). I would have him practice writing it during summer breaks by copying pages out of a book. West, if he knew this, exploited it to make her appear ignorant to the jury and if he wasn’t aware of it then he still used it to make her appear to be ignorant–either way it was wrong.

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    • roderick2012

      TF, of course West did this to make the world believe that Rachael was functionally illiterate, but didn’t her friend Francis write the letter for her?

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    • towerflower.

      Xena, Reading and writing in cursive has been all but stopped in Florida schools.

      I didn’t know this. Thanks for the info. What I have noticed is that with computers, fewer people are writing by hand. Cursive seems only necessary for signatures.

      West, if he knew this, exploited it to make her appear ignorant to the jury and if he wasn’t aware of it then he still used it to make her appear to be ignorant–either way it was wrong.

      West was hoping to get Rachel to lie about it out of shame so he could humiliate her, because that is how bullies like West operate.

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