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CRESPOGRAM REPORT

APRIL 3, 2012

KEEP THE COPS OUT OF IT
A CRESPO-GRAM RANT

In the 15 plus years, and hundreds of protests that I’ve covered all over the United States I’ve never, ever seen a police Honor Guard show up to be part of a protest event. 


I’ve never seen a police Honor Guard at an anti-war rally, a right-to-life rally or even a Tea Party rally. The notion of official police involvement in any sort of “protest” event, no matter what the event is, is not something that folks in the rest of America - no matter their political persuasion - would consider acceptable.


The use of police in this manner implies an imprimatur of official support that responsible governments and police departments work hard to avoid, no matter the merits of the protest.


Of course this is Miami, so American rules don’t apply in this Banana Republic.


Given that the credit for organizing the protest at Bayfront Park was given to Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, I suspect that she was the one who requested that the Miami Police Honor Guard show up.


Commissioner Spence-Jones has been a force of nature since her return, and while I agree with her position on some issues, on this one I disagree.


More importantly, Chief of Police Manny Orosa, and most especially City Manager Johnny “The Doormat” Martinez should have adamantly told her no Honor Guard.


People have the right to protest, and given all the things that are going on in this country that merit protest, I continue to watch as people refuse to stand up for their rights, and allow their freedoms to be taken from them piecemeal.


The folks at Bayfront Park on Sunday were well in their rights to protest the death of Travyon Martin, and it’s a shame, given the passion that this incident has evoked around the world that more folks didn’t show up.


At the same time the one group that shouldn’t have shown up was the Miami Police Honor Guard. 


If the City Manager and Chief of Police lack the courage and wisdom to reject this kind of request from a City Commissioner, then the City of Miami is in worse trouble than even the cynics imagine.

TRAYVON MARTIN PROTEST PHOTO GALLERY

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