Thursday, June 30, 2011

Miami Vice

It was 4am on May 30 when [Narces] Benoit and his girlfriend Erika Davis saw officers firing dozens of bullets into a car driven by Raymond Herisse, a suspect who hit a police officer and other vehicles while driving recklessly. Herisse died in the hail of lead, and four bystanders also suffered gunshot wounds, the Miami Herald newspaper reported.

Police noticed [Benoit] filming the shooting and an officer jumped into his truck, and put a pistol to his head, Benoit said.


"My phone was smashed, he stepped on it, handcuffed me," the 35-year-old car stereo technician told CNN.

Despite his phone being destroyed, Benoit was able to save the footage by taking the memory card out of the device and putting it in his mouth before handing it over to police.


Now that was some quick, clear thinking under pressure, not to mention daring. What if they'd caught him doing it? I wonder how he managed it.

Speaking about the recent case in Florida, Police Chief Carlos Noriega told the Miami Herald that the couple's allegations were the first he'd heard of officers allegedly threatening people or destroying cameras or mobile phones.

Oh, no doubt this is the only time it’s happened. I’m sure.

"It was quite a chaotic scene," the chief said of the late night shooting. "We were trying to figure out who was who and it was a difficult process. Not once did I see cameras being taken or smashed," he said, adding that Benoit's video is evidence which could help investigators.

Which would explain why they would want to smash it, eh? I guess they'd figured out who was who in the vehicle they opened fire on. Those bystanders, well they had to be sorted out later. It was a very difficult process.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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