Memorial Day Weekend Arrests Down by Nearly Half in Miami Beach

Tim Elfrink, Miami Times, May 27, 2014

Swarms of rowdy beachgoers erupted into violent brawls. Police were overwhelmed as they tried to quell the chaos. Dozens ended up arrested while worried business owners looked on. Just another Memorial Day weekend in South Beach, right?

Actually, not so much. That chaotic scene, in fact, went down yesterday in Fort Lauderdale. In SoBe, where panic over a hip-hop-fueld party informally known as Urban Beach Weekend led residents to flee, restaurants to close, and hundreds of cops to put the island on lockdown, arrests were down sharply this weekend from last year. {snip}

A total of 191 arrests were made between Friday and Sunday evening, according to numbers released to Riptide by Miami Beach Police, with 41 people booked on felony charges.

Compare that to last year, when 357 arrests were made in the same time span, including 65 felonies, and it’s clear something has changed.

Sgt. Bobby Hernandez, a Miami Beach PD spokesman, credits a combination of better education and community outreach to visitors and a shift in focus by the local cops as the reason behind the quiet weekend.


“We’ve changed our strategy slightly in that we’re a little less ‘zero tolerance’ than in years past,” Hernandez tells Riptide. “Quite frankly, that approach just doesn’t work.”

Hernandez says that crowds were similar in size to last year’s holiday weekend but that word has spread about MBPD’s traffic loops and routine license plate checks on the causeways leading to the Beach.


Cameras installed in public places throughout the Beach and ambassadors preaching a “Respect the Scene” message to visitors also helped tamp down on drama this year, Hernandez says. {snip}

“Maybe next year we can peel back on the police presence,” he says. “Though you need to build momentum with a few quiet years like this before you can comfortably make that move.”


Here’s a more detailed breakdown of this year’s arrest totals versus last years. (These numbers don’t include arrests Monday, which haven’t yet been tallied; the totals for 2013 are also minus Monday arrests.)

Total Arrests: 191
Arrests by Race: 118 black males, 58 white males, 9 black females, 6 white females
Felony Arrests: 41
Felonies by Crime: 17 drugs, 15 “other felonies,” 4 battery on a police officer, 2 aggravated battery, 1 aggravated assault, one robbery, 1 “CCF”
Total Calls for Service: 1,685

Total Arrests: 357
Arrests by Race: 207 black males, 108 white males, 23 black females, 19 white females
Felony Arrests: 65
Felonies by Crime: 3 aggravated assault, 4 CCF, 28 drugs, 6 battery on a PO, 24 “other felonies”
Total Calls for Service: 2,075

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  • Giovanni704

    I suspect the violent brawls were motivated by a deep sadness for all the many fallen soldiers of America’s past. These patriotic Americans were so overwhelmed with pride and grief that they had to lash out with violence and mayhem.

    • APaige

      Its sad on two fronts.
      1) what you posted.
      2) “violent brawls”…”police overwhelmed”…”chaos”…”residents flee”…etc. Is actually an improvement from last year.

  • MekongDelta69

    That’s because the police were afraid to arrest too many black people.

    (See story about the black biker ‘gathering’ in S.C. Every year, the SAME thing happens, but NOBODY will stop it, because that would be ‘racism‘ and these people would rather DIE (or let somebody else die), than be called ‘racist.’)

    • Many of the cops, I’m sure, put their blinders on and allow things to occur because to do anything will get them scrutinized with an Internal Affairs investigation and because it might appear ‘racist’ to the local media and liberal elites. This is especially so if ‘getting involved’ might lead to an officer-involved shooting or the use of one’s Taser.

      As a former cop in a big city, I can tell you that many white cops will just let things slide and they’ll look the other way rather than hold ‘minorities’ accountable for crime because it will cost them their jobs or prevent a promotion or get their personnel filed with claims of ‘racism.’

      • MekongDelta69

        That’s exactly what every friend of mine, who was on the job said over and over. And that fact is mentioned in plenty of articles.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        I wonder how many mulattos result from one hip hop beach party weekend…


        Be good daddies, White mens…

      • r j p

        They don’t pay tickets and cities and counties can afford, nor do they have the space, to put them in jail for eating $5 worth of food in a store and not paying.

    • MooTieFighter

      “We’ve changed our strategy slightly in that we’re a little less ‘zero tolerance’ than in years past,” Hernandez tells Riptide. In other words, “We just let some sh#$ go”. I suspect they were worried about being called racist, so they just let many crooks go. Sad what

  • Frank_DeScushin

    Sure the arrests and violence may have been down during Miami Beach’s Memorial Day weekend, but the blacks in Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach this past weekend made up for Miami’s drop in numbers.

  • Lewis33

    Just like here in Indy they won’t bother (we don’t want the numbers to look bad) unless a complaint is made or violence is involved.

  • Samuel_Morton

    Success! We cut arrests nearly in half…by allowing more crime to go unpunished.

  • r j p

    “We’ve changed our strategy slightly in that we’re a little less ‘zero tolerance’ than in years past,” Hernandez tells Riptide. “Quite frankly, that approach just doesn’t work.”
    In other words, if they are just smoking weed or crack on the street, MPD doesn’t bother them. If they are just having sex in public, we don’t bother them. If they are only urinating or defecating in the street, we don’t bother them. ….

    • MrMagog

      Less businesses open means less places to rob for one thing. Also less places for stopping, so less altercations.

  • marty

    How many of those whites were not white but hispanic?

    • r j p

      Good question. Can’t imagine any of the White boys I know in Florida going.

      • 4321realist

        Me neither. It doesn’t sound right.

    • That’s exactly what I was thinking. 58 “white” males at a Miami Beach rap party… Yeah, right. But even counting Hispanics as white, still twice as many blacks were arrested.

      • JDInSanD

        And they don’t say what the arrests were for. Were the black guys arrested for assault, vandalism and shoplifting while the “others” were arrested for defending themselves or complaining about a traffic ticket?

    • Sloppo

      Here’s a hint … hispanics are officially 23% of Florida’s population and there were no “hispanics” arrested.

    • ElComadreja

      Almost 100% I’d bet.

  • MrMagog

    When will common sense return and we will allow businesses and communities to ban blacks altogether?

    • Ike Eichenberg

      Probably not long after a “wise latina” swears in a US president whose first language was Spanish.

  • Sick of it

    Anyone taking bets on how many of those “white males” were mixed-race Hispanics?

    • Romulus

      Or how many white males were instigated by the brethren. So it’s down to 191 arrests!
      Gee! We’re really talking progress there, huh?

      The white kids would also do well to travel in packs and learn how to circle the wagon and their woman when they feel threatened.

  • CarolinaGem

    What is it with this black obsession with ruining Memorial Day? They started doing this years ago in the beach near my home. They take over every beach they can and turn it into a class 5 chimp out. They trash everything they touch and leave it for TY to clean up.

    In the 1970’s, I never saw blacks at the beach. They stayed in town, trying to stay out of the sun and “keepin cool”.

    • TheHBD

      I started noticing this around 2008 (coincidence huh…), I was at the beach in the Florida panhandle during Memorial Day and started seeing blacks coming on the beach. This was in an area where I never saw any blacks in the years before..not one. I swear they pick the whitest areas they can find for infiltration. Memorial Day used to be a great time at the beach, now it has become the official ‘black holiday’.

      • CarolinaGem

        Here we have the sainted and glorified ‘gullah festival’. Of course all the high brow progressive whites come down to immerse themselves in the diversity; meanwhile the blacks take over the local beach and sucker punch whites they feel have “dissed” them, their only offense just breathing the same air. I didn’t realize blacks had co-opted Memorial Day, and made the mistake of trying to take two small children to the beach (this was 20 years ago). Both lanes of the two lane road to the beach was clogged with these rabble rousers, who decided they were too important and impatient with waiting to get onto the beach, and were determined to force their way in. I left and never returned. I will drive a while to another beach to avoid all that “diversity”.

    • Ike Eichenberg

      Blacks ruin everything they touch.

  • dd121

    They said why arrests went “down”. The cops just didn’t arrest all the offenders.

  • none of your business

    Police probably just looked the other way unless they saw a felony or danger to a person.
    Checkpoints are against civil liberties, annoying to law abiding people,but stopping cars with blacks in them is a great, great way to clear warrants and get criminals and parole violators off the streets. Blacks with warrants with IQs over 60 may have heard about the checkpoints and stayed away. Blacks with warrants out would have been arrested at the checkpoints.
    The main purpose of traffic laws is of course revenue but it is a great law enforcement tactic to put blacks with warrants in jail for at least a night.
    Stop & question is also a good way to keep towns near black neighborhoods safe. For instance Culver City Ca is surrounded by black and brown areas of Los Angeles. The Culver police do a sort of perimeter defense. They just drive around the boundaries all day and night stopping any young black men they see. Especially 3to11 and 11to7 they always have at least one black cop in each car.As a result, CC has a low crime rate.
    I was once robbed in the big shopping center around 9pm just as the stores closed. An OFE ran up, shoved me and ran off with my purse. I screamed my banshee rebel yell siren screech. Before I even picked myself up off the ground I heard sirens. By the time i did get up and walk toward the police cars they had the OFEs in handcuffs. I identified the one who grabbed my purse and off they went to jail. 3 of the 4 cops were black. The woman told me that they just drive around and around the shopping centers at closing time. Since all 3 of the robbers had warrants and were in violation of probation by robbing me, I even got my purse back that night and did not have to go to court.

    But the police probably looked the other way in many situations to make the statistics look good.

  • MBlanc46

    “[W]e’re a little less ‘zero tolerance’ than in years past….”

    In other words, the number of arrests declined because the cops looked the other way more often.

  • bilderbuster

    And the Latinos turned White again on South Beach.

  • Stan D Mute

    Funny how the local media is censoring ALL photos of this riot. Look around, all you see is images of cops, lots and lots of cops, no shots – zero, of the actual riot.

    • And the cops are in riot gear.

      Cops don’t get into riot gear just for overexuberant YOOTS.

  • ZB

    “Swarms of rowdy beachgoers erupted into violent brawls.”


  • 4321realist

    “We’ve changed our strategy slightly in that we’re a little less ‘zero tolerance’ than in years past,” Hernandez tells Riptide. “Quite frankly, that approach just doesn’t work.”

    Well if they’re putting up with more isn’t that why arrests are down?

    Also, how many of these “whites” were Hispanic? And what kind of crimes were they arrested for?

    Something fishy is going on as usual. If they’re not skewing the figures to show less crime, they’re manipulating the figures to show more arrests of whites in order to make highly criticized black mob violence appear to be something whites also engage in.

    But I’m betting they’re not only arresting more whites for petty things purposely to get a “diversity” count, but the ‘white” arrests are actually mostly booze and drug related, while the black arrests mostly amount to violence, assaults, thefts and fighting.

    • newscomments70

      I imagine the whites were mixed with very dark skinned hispanics (violent) and a handful of flimsy white gay guys who were doing drugs.

  • newscomments70

    “Arrests by Race: 118 black males, 58 white males, 9 black females, 6 white females”

    wow, there are certainly alot of white criminals in Miami Beach…and to think, there was not one hispanic criminal. There are no hispanic criminals in Miami Beach. Hmmm.

    • Bossman

      In Miami every Hispanic criminal is described as a white man.

      • newscomments70

        It’s the same in Texas and California. It’s a very racist way of covering up non-white crime. Some of these “whites” are actually part black.

    • TL2014

      Thanks for clarifying! So these “whites” were associating with this black event?

      • newscomments70

        gangsta rap, hip hop is very common in urban “culture”. The white wanabbees tag along as well, but not as many.

  • Sloppo

    “We’ve changed our strategy slightly in that we’re a little less ‘zero tolerance’ than in years past,” Hernandez tells Riptide. “Quite frankly, that approach just doesn’t work.”

    “Maybe next year we can peel back on the police presence,” he says. “Though you need to build momentum with a few quiet years like this before you can comfortably make that move.”


    phase one: cops ignore black criminality this year

    phase two: cops won’t even show up to ignore black criminality next year

  • Demo P. Seal; PouponMarks

    The past weekend, a group of Black teenagers invaded the beach areas in Ft. Lauderdale, and were met by riot police. Reports of these Bantus assaulting people on the street, in their cars, jumping on top of taxis, and throwing a brick at a bus window were broadcast.

    They all were Negoes, BUT ABSOLUTELY NO MENTION WAS MADE OF IT. In the highly edited tape, you can see small, dispersed groups of these out of place people. Imagine: an organized invasion of assault of people and property on a celebration day of patriotic national importune.

    The police spokesman was so circumspect, carefully crafting her words, sometimes pausing and stuttering, lest she speak the truth and the reality of the race involved. She looked very uncomfortable. Doubtless her career was on the line, if she mentioned the race of the “youths”

  • jayvbellis

    Just shows that we can learn to handle, contain Black youth anarchy. Blacks don’t terrorize places like Southern California or South Florida so much these days. Hispanicization is actually good for stopping Black youth rioting.

    • Ringo Lennon

      Hispanics are also good at cleaning out White areas! Get head out of derrière. Hispanization isn’t good for anyone.

      • ElComadreja

        They’re just as bad if not worse. They’re a bit smarter since they have more white genetics. It makes them more dangerous.

    • newscomments70

      It’s six of one, half a dozen of the other. If you talk with public school teachers, they will tell you that both communities are extremely violent and anti-white. Los Angeles and others don’t have the same concentration of blacks, but the driving patterns are very lawless and third world. You can’t even drive there anymore without risking your life.

  • MooTieFighter

    “We’ve changed our strategy slightly in that we’re a little less ‘zero tolerance’ than in years past,” Hernandez tells Riptide. So arrest rates are down because they let criminals go. This is nothing to brag about.

  • TL2014

    There were whites arrested at that event, too?