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STAY IN THE CAR: A TRAFFIC STOP 
GONE BAD

It’s obvious that the Chief was preparing his officers for the day when they would be required to start wearing cameras, or to have them installed on their dashboards.


ONE OFFICER BECAME AN EARLY ADAPTER


Even before the Chief sent out his bulletin, Officer Marcel Jackson had decided - for whatever reason - that installing a dashboard camera was a good thing.  You can’t fault him, because Miami is definitely a city where it pays to cover your ass 24/7.


In late June Officer Jackson chased down a speeder, capturing the entire event on his Go Pro camera. The portion below is just a small part of the 55.26 minute video that I obtained about this incident.  The full version is at the bottom of this story.


(NOTE:  I have never met or spoken to Officer Marcel Jackson about this, or any other incident. I did not receive the tape from him, and initially I was leery of doing a story about this because I suspected that I was provided the tape and the information about what happened in a back hand way to hurt him.  I was able to confirm to my satisfaction that while he had nothing to do with how I got the tape, it was provided to me by people interested in seeing that Jackson did not get railroaded.)

TRAFFIC STOP AND TAKEDOWN


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WHEN MIAMI POLICE OFFICER MARCEL JACKSON STOPPED A CAR FOR SPEEDING, HE DIDN’T KNOW WHO HE HAS STOPPED, OR THAT THE INCIDENT WOULD TURN OUT LIKE IT HAS

This is a story that is actually about technology - the technology of dash cams - and about what can happen in Miami when a traffic stop gets taped.


First, let’s get the technology part out of the way.


CELL PHONE CAMERAS HAVE CHANGED OUR WORLD


The advent of cellphone cameras has created a paradigm shift in our lives.  Almost nothing that we say or do is safe from being captured on someone’s cellphone. Among the most significant impacts created by that this technology has been the videotaping of police in action, often when they have misbehaved.


The process has not been welcomed by many police, and my friend Carlos Miller, through his blog Photography Is Not A Crime, has been at the forefront of the struggles between law enforcement, photographers and videographers, and the First Amendment rights to capture on cell phones and cameras what happens between police and citizens on the streets of this country.


It’s a struggle that goes on almost daily around the country, and one that police departments are finally conceding is a fight that they’re going to lose, no matter how many times they go to court to argue that they are exempt from being videotaped on public property.


In Miami, Police Chief Manny Orosa came to that conclusion earlier this month when he issued the following bulletin to the department.

The guy in the white shirt you’ve probably figured out if you looked at the entire clip turned out to be somebody important. In fact, it was a City of Miami policeman, and not just any old policeman, but Lieutenant David Ramras, assigned to Internal Affairs.


Once things calmed down, Jackson went to his police car, removed the camera from the dash and put in in the space between the seats, and then called someone named “Rick,” to whom he explains what had just happened. 


Is always best to get a first hand explanation from people involved in an incident like this - even if it’s subjective.


JACKSON EXPLAINS WHAT HAPPENED TO “RICK”

My sources tell me that Ramras conceded that he had indeed asked Jackson, “what’s that on your face.”  Many African-American men have a problem shaving because of “skin bumps” caused by ingrown facial hair, and it’s a recognized medical problem that allows police officers not to shave with a letter from a doctor.


The really important thing however, was Ramras’ efforts to push his way out of his car. Clearly Ramras has serious anger-management and authority issues, because only a guy with little self-control would do what he did.


Every couple weeks a video makes the news showing someone, somewhere trying to do the same thing that Ramras did and the result always leads to fights or shootings between the cop and the motorist.


In this case, Jackson, as he says, was lucky that several fellow officers were passing by and were able to help him subdue, and then identify Ramras.


But that’s when Jackson’s luck ran out.


David Ramras, was a Lieutenant assigned to Internal Affairs, and therefore outranked Jackson. By the end of the first video above you begin to see the how a group psychology is beginning to take hold.  All the officers are gathered around Ramras at his car, and Jackson has walked out of frame.


Shortly thereafter I was told, Major Codina, Major Sanchez, at least one lieutenant and several sergeants, including Javier Ortiz, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police showed up at the scene.


At the end of the “Rick” tape you can hear Jackson say that he’s getting out of his car to take photographs with his cell phone camera because it was clear to him by then that the longer everyone kept gathering and talking only with Ramras, that sooner or later a story would be concocted that made him out to be the bad cop in this incident.


In fact, as the video tape establishes, other than several short conversation with Javier Ortiz, Officer Jackson sat in his car for well over 30 minutes without any of the senior officers coming over to talk with him.


Ortiz, when he does come over and talk to Jackson suggests to him that he should write an Arrest Form, called an “A Form,” to cover himself because,” unless they completely drop this, which I doubt they will, you got to do that...okay.”


To try and protect himself even more, I have been told that Jackson put a call in to the State Attorney’s Office, seeking guidance and approval for an arrest, and in the course of the conversation revealed to them that he had recorded the entire incident on a dash cam.


Jackson was then ordered to go to IA and give a statement. During the course of that interview, which some believe was the prelude to relieving Jackson from duty, the folks in IA discovered the existence of the dash cam and the video tape.


Jackson was asked to voluntarily turn over the tape, refused, and was eventually ordered to do so under the claim that it was evidence in a criminal investigation.


My sources tell me that as a result of the way in which this investigation has been handled so far there was never a Use Of Force  Report, a traffic citation against Ramras for speeding, or an Arrest Report written, and that no Warrant issued.


Ramras has supposedly been transferred laterally from IA to SIS, which some people actually consider a promotion of sorts, and he was provided an attorney by the FOP.


Jackson so far remains on patrol, and went out and got his own lawyer, because even though the video tape clearly shows that Ramras was the aggressor in his efforts to get out of his car, Jackson as the low man on the totem pole is believed to be the one who stands the best chance of actually being punished over this incident.


It’s just another example of how the Family & Friends Plan works in the Banana Republic of Miami.