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Dear Miami Police: Make Sure the Gay Tourists You Harass Are Not Already on the Phone With 911

If the first rule of Fight Club is “You do not talk about Fight Club,” and the second rule of Fight Club is “You DO NOT talk about Fight Club,” then the first and second rules of a falsifying the arrest of a gay tourist is “Figure out whether the guy is on the phone with a 911 operator, who is recording the call, before you make some shit up.” Looks like two Miami policemen might have forgotten the rules:

The ACLU of Florida says two Miami Beach police officers yelled epithets at a gay tourist and falsely accused him of trying to break into cars after he witnessed them kicking and punching a handcuffed man at Flamingo Park.

As Officers Frankly Forte and Elliot Hazzi approached witness Harold Strickland, they didn’t know he was on his cellphone reporting the beating to a Miami Beach 911 dispatcher, said Robert F. Rosenwald Jr., director of the ACLU Florida’s Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Advocacy Project.

“This is an issue that we have hoped to address for a long time. Miami Beach Police have for a long time harassed gay men around Flamingo Park without probable cause,” Rosenwald said Wednesday.

The cops have been put on desk duty, where there is a copy of The Rules waiting for them.