Miami Police Spokesman Tells Residents to Arm Themselves as Hundreds of Officers Face Termination
Well, sounds like things aren’t super great in Miami right now. A set of proposed budget cuts would see hundreds of police officer laid off.
This obviously has residents concerned about the rule of law in the Florida city. One police spokesman has a suggestion – arm up.
According to WSVN [emphasis mine],
If police department cuts are made, officers from administrative posts would likely shift to the street and certain specialized units that deal with robberies and child abuse cases could see positions vanish. “One of the directions I told the director was that I wanted to have the same number of patrol officers in the street that we have today,” said Gimenez.
The Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association fired back after the proposal, saying public safety is paramount and these proposed cuts will have a negative impact.
John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, said, “If the mayor’s not going to provide security, then my recommendation, as an experienced law enforcement officer for nearly 40 years, is either buy yourself an attack dog, put bars on your windows and doors and get yourself some firearms because you’re going to have to protect yourselves. We won’t be able to.“
First off, residents should already be taking precautions by taking responsibility for their own personal safety.
Second, this is probably just posturing for the police department in order to fight the budget cuts, but it’s completely true.