Thursday, January 15, 2004

Looking Into It

From the Miami Herald:

Miami’s Civilian Investigative Panel today begins taking on its most high-profile, and high-stakes, challenge to date — determining whether the city police department mishandled protesters or violated civil liberties during November’s trade summit.

Controversy over police conduct at the Free Trade Area of the Americas summit has forced the CIP, which became a full-fledged panel a few months ago, to forgo baby steps and immediately try to resolve an issue that sparked a national outcry from civil rights groups.

The CIP and Miami-Dade’s Independent Review Panel, created in 1980 following a series of race riots, will hold a joint public meeting today to hear testimony from the public about the police response. Both city and county police are also conducting their own reviews.

It should be interesting to see what happens with this. I’ll keep you posted as to what transpires.