Caught on Video: Miami Gardens Cops Will Protect and Serve the Heck Out of You

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You know the cops have gone wild when a store owner has to install video cameras to film the police instead of the criminals.

But that’s exactly what happened at the 207 Quickstop in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Store owner Alex Saleh got sick and tired of watching police harass his employees on almost a daily basis, going so far as arresting one clerk for trespassing when he was there working.

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? (source)

The owner of the store is tired of seeing his customers and employees being bothered by the police, so he installed 15 video cameras to protect himself and his customers… not from everyday criminals because Salah says he has never been robbed …but from the police, whom he has filmed behaving like mafia enforcers for no other reason than the fact that they have badges and guns.

Since he installed the cameras in June 2012 he has collected more than two dozen videos, some of which have been obtained by the Miami Herald. Those tapes, and Sampson’s 38-page criminal history — including charges never even pursued by prosecutors — raise some troubling questions about the conduct of the city’s police officers.

The videos show, among other things, cops stopping citizens, questioning them, aggressively searching them and arresting them for trespassing when they have permission to be on the premises; officers conducting searches of Saleh’s business without search warrants or permission; using what appears to be excessive force on subjects who are clearly not resisting arrest and filing inaccurate police reports in connection with the arrests. (source)

See one of the videos for yourself.

Salah said that the police use racial slurs to his customers and treat them like criminals. In the case of Sampson, the man who keeps getting arrested for trespassing, he has been exonerated by evidence on the videos.

One video, recorded on June 26, 2012, shows Sampson, clearly stocking coolers, being interrupted by MGPD Sgt. William Dunaske, who orders him to put his hands behind his back, and then handcuffs him, leads him out of the store and takes him to jail for trespassing.

More than once, Saleh has told police that Sampson is an employee and is not trespassing.

On that June arrest report, obtained by The Herald, police explained the trespass arrest, saying that Sampson was arrested for loitering outside the store when in fact the video, which has a date and time stamp, clearly shows him being handcuffed and arrested inside the store. (source)

Last year, Salah took his videos to Internal Affairs and reported what was going on. The result? The abuse got even worse, he complained again, and they attempted to intimidate him into silence.

One evening, shortly after he had complained a second time, a squadron of six uniformed Miami Gardens police officers marched into the store, he says. They lined up, shoulder to shoulder, their arms crossed in front of them, blocking two grocery aisles.

“Can I help you?” Saleh recalls asking. It was an entire police detail, known as the department’s Rapid Action Deployment (RAD) squad, whom he had come to know from their frequent arrest sweeps. One went to use the restroom, and five of them stood silently for a full 10 minutes. Then they all marched out. (source)

Although the police department has not been receptive to the complaints, Salah isn’t backing down. Instead, he and his attorney are filing a federal civil rights lawsuit. The suit contends “that the police department has routinely, under the direction of the city’s top leaders, directed its officers to conduct racial profiling, illegal stops and searches and other activities to cover up illegal misconduct.”

The police department’s harassment campaign against Salah has grown since they learned of the litigation he is undertaking against them.

Since Saleh has served notice that he is going to sue the city, Sampson hasn’t been arrested, and police are not as active in the store’s parking lot.

But Saleh is mindful of his David vs. Goliath battle with the city’s police department. He worries about his safety, and carries a licensed firearm.

In December, Saleh was followed out of his parking lot by a Miami Gardens police officer, who stopped him after a few blocks. The officer, Carlos Velez, said he stopped Saleh because his tag light was out.

Two other squad cars arrived at the scene, bringing the total number of officers on the scene to six. A police dashboard camera captured it all.

“I thought, you know, there is a lot of serious crime in Miami Gardens,’’ Saleh said. “Why do they need six police officers on a car stop with a burned-out tag light?’’

Another officer, Eddo Trimino, approached Saleh’s passenger side, opened the door and removed a gun that was in a bag containing the store’s money, Saleh said. They ran a check on the gun, which Saleh was licensed to carry.

They cited him for having a bad tag light, tinted windows and bald tires.

Before leaving, the unit’s then-sergeant, Martin Santiago, allegedly told Saleh:

“I’m going to get you mother-f—–,’’

The next day, Saleh viewed video of his truck as it pulled out of the parking lot the night before.

His tag light was working. (source)

Howard Simon, the executive director of the Florida ACLU, says that Miami Gardens’ “selective enforcement’’ is a clear violation of civil rights.

“Unfortunately, this is being done all across Florida and the country,’’ Simon said. “I have to say congratulations to the owner of the convenience store for recognizing this is not acceptable and having the courage to stand up and challenge it.’’

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  • rockelle

    I hope Mr. Selah gets as much as he can from these gestapo fucks!

  • Apex predator

    good coverage Kimberly,this crap hes gotten WAY outta control..ever since the police have given carte blanche to do as they please they’ve shown that most of them lack the discipline to do the not sayin all cops are bad cuz not all are but…the majority of them? I wouldn’t put anything past them..ive seen it first hand..planting evidence etc….its true..power corrupts the waek minded

    • R.Sooriamoorthy

      That’s where, I’m afraid, you’re wrong:ALL COPS are bad, are pigs.
      One who tries to act honestly very quickly becomes, if I may say so, the black sheep of the family.
      He can either toe the line or resign.

  • Apex predator

    weak minded sorry lol I think faster than type and 9 fingers doesn’t help..

  • Fuzz Blaster

    COPS ARE CRIMINALS IN BLUE. That’s the ONLY difference between them and any other criminal. What makes them even worse than your average criminal is that their boss (the City and/or state Gov. who are also criminals) gives them the license to be “legalized criminals”. They are not here to “serve and protect” as they were in the past. We are now living in a corrupted Police State. Police ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS! Their job is to harass you and find ways to arrest you. No more, no less. There is no honor in being a cop, that’s only fallacy and propaganda. Most “informed” people today despise the corrupt police force. Instead of being a positive force in our communities, they have become a detriment to our society. Like our rogue criminal Gov., they too have become the enemy of the people.

  • buttcrackofdoom

    this is BULLSHIT! all he has to do is reort them to the U.S. attorney general with his evidence and…..wait….wait a minute….who’s the attorney general?….eric holder? awwww shit, never mind, yer f**cked!

  • Glenn

    At some point, perhaps some point soon thanks to excellent news reports like this, the American people will wake up and see that this is the sort of corrupt behavior that the police engage in all day, every day, in every town in this nation.

  • Very Warey

    It is only 99% of all police who give the other 1% a bad name.

    • billdeserthills

      Tell me about the 99% that continue to stand up for their bad cop partners. Maybe you have heard the cops mantra? Us & Them, which lumps every citizen together with every criminal. Tell me about how good those the 99% are now

  • Badge Scope

    It’s not a badge, it’s a bulls-eye.

  • skipNclair

    the american people will never wake up to this and stop it, they are so glued to the TV, and their shopping along with the latest celebrity gossip they don’t even know its happening. so the calvary is not coming to the rescue. they way to stop this is to show the perpetrators that they will not be allowed to continue to do this. It is your God given right and of course other certain documents given by the blood of patriots, to protect yourself. now it would not be that difficult to learn the location of said perpetrators and when they are easily attacked, to , well I think you have the picture. now if and when enough of these thugs and that is what they are criminal thugs find themselves on the receiving end of real justice, then and only then will the message be loud and clear enough for them to lets say become human again.

  • BigReb

    hey Calling all racist says if you actually read the article most of those cops had Hispanic names……just saying….LOL

  • Anonymous

    Need to start calling the sherriffs dpt on the local police for tresspass.

    • billy

      why call them they are cops to sheriffs are just as bad as local cops

  • billy

    we need a violent revolution now not tomorrow