Carlos Miller is a Miami photojournalist who has been arrested several times by the Miami-Dade Police for videotaping and photographing police officers on duty, winning in court every time. He now has a lawsuit going against the security guards for the Miami-Dade Metrorail. Those security guards roughed him up a few days ago for asserting his rights against a clearly illegal order.
As you will see in the above video, they tried to push me down the escalator and I shoved back in order to defend myself, which prompted at least three security guards to pounce on me, including one security guard named R. Myers who violently choked me to the point where I thought I was going to die.
I was video recording on my iPhone and my friend was recording on his camera. Both of us ended up handcuffed and detained until City of Miami and Miami-Dade police arrived, both who knew right away who I was.
We were released an hour later with a $100 citation accusing us of “producing loud or excessive noise,” which is a lie.My friend, who is visiting from California, was taking a picture of the Dade County Courthouse as we were waiting for the southbound train to go back to my place.
Here’s the video of what happened:
What you see is absolutely routine. They tell him he can’t do something that he clearly has a legal right to do, he tells them that he is not doing anything wrong and they decide that the mere fact that he is asserting his rights against them is a provocation and that they have the right to arrest him and rough him up over it. And he’ll beat the rap on this one like he has in every other case. You’d think eventually they’d realize they’re only making it worse for themselves.