Black leaders and activists criticize Miami Beach administrators and cops for the city's reaction to a big student mob assembled in the area for spring break, accusing officials of aggressively breaking down large crowds, mainly African Americans.
Following what authorities called violent crowds, Miami Beach officials declared an 8 p.m. curfew this weekend to curb revelers and unruly visitors. Police officials in nearby law enforcement helped in curfew imposition, which created tension and sometimes physical collisions.
I think the city's reaction is unfair," Daniella Pierre, the Miami-Dade NAACP chapter chair, told WTVJ, the NBC-owned station in Miami. They only do it when these events, spring break, and weekends at the urban beach. , when you have other activities in Miami Beach, you don't get shot.
Between Sunday, February 3, more than 1,000 arrests were made, and more than 80 firearms were confiscated, according to City Manager Raul Aguila. Videos online show brawls in the streets and people standing on vehicles.
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Authorities said, last week, She was spotted dead at a South Beach hotel.
Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements told Fox News that Miami Beach officers have made more than 1,000 seizures and removed more than 100 guns from the streets in the past six weeks. Our preference has been and always will be public stability. My agents monitor criminal behavior, not people. "
After shoving and fighting erupted, Miami Beach commissioners voted to empower the city manager to extend the curfew in the South Beach entertainment district until April 12. Also, roadways in the city will be closed this weekend, the Washington Post reported.
Ocean Drive - one of the main thoroughfares in Miami Beach's South Beach neighborhood - will also be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians. Only business employees and nearby residents will be allowed.
All cafes and restaurants will be closed at 7 p.m. Officials said they had no option to control the violent crowds.
The Post that black visitors' allegations are unfairly unfounded. Told David Richardson, commissioner of Miami Beach.
We're not passing laws or ordinances based on demographic or skin color," he said. We're just looking at the behavior of people arriving in town. It has nothing to do with who visits - it has to deal with the sheer number of people visiting the city. "
We cannot neglect the destruction we are observing. Commissioner Ricky Arriola said
The officials and city leaders did not answer fox news requests for remarks on this matter.
Some black leaders agreed that illegal behavior concerns are justified but criticized the police response, citing other city events that also draw unruly crowds.