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March 29, 2011
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Videos: Miami beach cops face 'angry mob'

According to police and firefighters, the arrests shown in the YouTube videos are the peak of the troubled week

By David Miley
Miami Herald

MIAMI — Last weekend’s throngs of tourists and event-goers may have been good for Miami Beach’s hotels, clubs and restaurants, but the thousands of visitors created a busy — and at times violent — week for the city’s police and firefighters.

Between Wednesday and Sunday night, officers and paramedics dealt with a possible suicide jumper at the Flamingo condominium, a mid-day drowning at The Clevelander, a brutal gang rape at The Fontainebleau, and an officer attacked when crowds outside a concert on the beach degenerated into what a fire department spokesman described as an “angry mob.”

Some of the YouTube videos onlookers shot Saturday outside of the Funkshion Fashion Week concert headlined by Swedish House Mafia were sparking mixed reactions on Tuesday.

Read more on the Miami Herald or watch the videos below. Please share your thoughts of the footage, which was taken on March 26.





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