11/22/2013

Miami store videos show alleged police misconduct

Store owner, clerk make allegations of improper arrests for trespassing, say clerk has been harassed by officers multiple times over 4 years

By Julie K. Brown
Miami Herald

MIAMI — Earl Sampson has been stopped and questioned by Miami Gardens police 258 times in four years. He’s been searched more than 100 times. And arrested and jailed 56 times.

Despite his long rap sheet, Sampson, 28, has never been convicted of anything more serious than possession of marijuana. Miami Gardens police have arrested Sampson 62 times for one offense: trespassing. Almost every citation was issued at the same place: the 207 Quickstop, a convenience store on 207th Street in Miami Gardens. But Sampson isn’t loitering. He works as a clerk at the Quickstop. So how can he be trespassing when he works there?

It’s a question the store’s owner, Alex Saleh, 36, has been asking for more than a year as he watched Sampson, his other employees and his customers, day after day, being stopped and frisked by Miami Gardens police. Most of them, like Sampson, are poor and black. And, like Sampson, many of them have been cited for minor infractions, sometimes as often as three times in the same day.

Full Story: In Miami Gardens, store video catches cops in the act

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