ACLU Lawsuit Targets Miami Beach Police For Targeting Gay Men Recording Miami Beach Police Brutality
As it said it would six months ago, the ACLU of Florida is suing the City of Miami Beach and two cops for the March 2009 arrest of gay former resident Harold Strickland, who was on the phone with 911 reporting the cops’ police brutality when he spotted Frankly Forte and Elliot Hazzi kicking a man already in handcuffs. Then the cops came over and nabbed Strickland. But this isn’t just any old lawsuit: The ACLU plans to use it to highlight the police department’s “practices of unlawfully targeting gay men for arrest without probable cause and harassing and arresting people who observe, document, and/or report police misconduct,” according to a release. Don’t cops know the gays use their iPhones for more than just Grindr?