Man repeatedly arrested for trespassing - at his job

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Black Man Arrested Dozens of Times for 'Trespassing' While At Work

The Miami Herald reports that Earl Sampson has been stopped, questioned, and searched by Miami Gardens police over 250 times in just the last four years.

In the same span of time, Sampson has been taken into custody 62 times for trespassing while at the 207 Quickstop on 207th Street.
The cops will not stop harassing this poor guy, even though his boss has filed a civil rights lawsuit on his behalf. Infuriating.
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Originally Posted by sKorpio1190
It's not as strange as it seems.

The cops don't want these people in the neighbourhood and think harassing them is the way to get them to quietly leave.

I'm in a different country but the harassment tactics generally used are similar.

You make peoples' lives difficult, usually but not always young men of colour, and as they don't have the resources to fight back against the police machine they leave the area permanently.

Unfortunately for the cops there is always someone who does fight back.
I don't want to call BS on this one but.....don't cops work a beat? I mean....wouldn't he know the police officers by name after all that time and all those arrests? Like wouldn't he say, "Hey Fred, you arrested me last week, I told you I work here."
I read the article, but I didn't watch the videos. I wonder: why are black customers being arrested in a predominantly black neighborhood? If this guy were breaking the law, he would be in jail or prison by now. Police do harrass poor people because they normally lack the resources to fight back. It may just be that.

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I'm not sure what to make of this. That's crazy. Normally store owners call in people for trespassing. I take calls of that nature from businesses all the time. Officers don't just go there are arrest you for TP at a public store. Not unless you are on the ban list, and they happen to drive by and see you. And the number of arrests... Good grief! That should have raised suspicions a long time ago.

However, I do realize we are talking about Florida. Still, I would like to hear a little further on this one.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

I don't want to call BS on this one but.....don't cops work a beat? I mean....wouldn't he know the police officers by name after all that time and all those arrests? Like wouldn't he say, "Hey Fred, you arrested me last week, I told you I work here."
Originally Posted by frau
You haven't met people who have been harassed by cops have you?

They specifically target the same person again and again.

It's nothing about logic it's about power.
I finally got the video's to play. The 2nd one absolutely seemed excessive. I am aware that some surveillance cameras can make normal movements look much faster, but I saw absolutely no need to force that man to the ground. Wish there was sound.

Curious about the one with the officer behind the counter. He pulled out a gun and what looked like a box of receipts. He seemed to be searching for specific items.


Came across an article in Huff Post and again, this strikes me as strange.

"In addition, MGPD officers have engaged in a policy, practice and/or custom of stopping-and-frisking, searching, seizing, and arresting patrons of his Quick Stop while they are on the premises for loitering or trespassing," it added.

The complaint said the arrests and searches at the convenience store came despite repeated protests from Saleh, who told police the "suspects" targeted on his property had his full permission and authority to be there.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4380148


Who called about loitering or trespassing? Are signs posted? Is he the only business on this property or are others connected? That's what I want to know. It's some major screwed up if they are just hanging out around that store and arresting people for TP and Loitering with no signs posted or no calls. It should all be recorded. *And if other business owners or people have called about TP or a crime being committed, it does not matter if corner store owner has given the "suspects" full permission to be at his store or not.

I'll keep a check to see when they answer those questions. Right now the number of times the man in question has been arrested seems to be reported differently in several articles, which lets me know that several are not fact checking. Can't stand that. It's an important law suit. The least you can do is report the (absolutely absurd and suspicious) numerical facts correctly!
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??


Last edited by Fifi.G; 12-07-2013 at 03:12 AM.
^ Well... I'm not sure if it is an actual law suit yet or not. Both these say it is but I just several others saying the store owner "plans" to file, and one made reference to lawyers not taking the case as of yet. :-/ I don't know. Some give different numbers of stops and arrests, some say the owner installed anywhere from 6 to over 2 dozen cameras. The story goes back a few days, though. Perhaps it has been filed now, but it does seem the store owner contacted news outlets himself and provided them with info and different video.

I think the Huff. Post piece stated there had been a murder outside of the store a week or 2 before cameras were installed. The mayor said since that shooting death officers were told to take on a zero tolerance policy for crime.
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