Civics 101: Today’s Lesson

civics-election-yearIn a previous column, I discussed the possibility of the North Miami City Council voting to move the May, 2015 city election to the next Miami-Dade County election on November 8, 2016.  As reported by Miami Herald reporter Lance Dixon in North Miami moving forward on changing election date, the council voted 3-2 on the first reading of a proposed Ordinance to do just that.

Councilman Philippe Bien-Aime sponsored the Ordinance and was quoted as stating, “I don’t make my judgment based on who comes here and talks about the subject.  Continue reading

Tragedy in North Miami

Vinel L' Amour, 29 Photo: WSVN

Vinel L’ Amour, 29
Photo: WSVN

A young man was the victim of what appears to be an execution style shooting on Sunday morning while working as a security guard in a North Miami apartment complex.

The incident occurred at about 1:00 a.m., according to WSVN Channel 7, which first reported the story Wednesday afternoon – three days after the murder.

Needless to say, the senseless murder of a young man in the prime of his life, who leaves behind a now fatherless eight year old daughter and other family members, is tragic and heartbreaking.

Channel 7 was the first to report this crime.  Other local stations and the Miami Herald followed suit, Continue reading

“Every 58 Hours”

Every 58 HoursAccording to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, “a total of 1,501 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 58 hours or 150 per year. There were 100 law enforcement officers killed in 2013.”

Citing these statistics in an August 15, 2014 National Review article, Michelle Malkin reported, “These include local and state police officers, federal officers, correctional officers, and military law-enforcement officers.”  She also noted that “from August 2013 to August 2014 … total fatalities are up 14 percent, from 63 last year to 72 this year..” Continue reading

More Police Chief Troubles?

Police Chief MagazineThe ink is barely dry on the freshly executed City of North Miami Beach Resolution R2015-8, which permanently bans the use of mugshots for Police Department sniper training.  The City Council passed this Resolution 6-1, with Councilcritter Frantz Pierre being the sole “no” vote.

Despite assurances given by the Police Chief, City Manager, Mayor and Council (except Frantzie) that this regrettable incident will never happen again, there are still those who are calling for Chief Scott Dennis’ resignation over the department’s policies.

Whether or not that happens remains to be seen, Continue reading

Frantzie Watch: Kubuki Theater comes to NMB

kabuki danceTuesday night’s North Miami Beach council meeting should have been a dignified affair.  Residents were understandably upset at the recent news that the Police Department’s sniper team were using mugshots for training.  They wanted to address their representatives to express their reaction and look for answers.

If residents were hoping for some understanding from their elected officials, friends and neighbors, the childish disruption by a handful of discordant agitators Continue reading

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