Last week we discussed a series of complaints filed against the Miami Beach police department. At least one person reported seeing a Miami Beach police officer drinking in his squad car a few weeks ago and another police officer was caught on tape speeding through a crowded stretch of beach in a squad car.
The Miami Beach Police Department was already under intense public scrutiny ever since last summer's pedestrian accident involving an ATV. That accident happened after a pair of police officers joined a bachelorette party at The Clevelander Hotel. The on-duty officers were pictured partying with several young women while in uniform and one of those officers was arrested after he took one of the women on his ATV while intoxicated and hit a pair of beachgoers.
One of the beachgoers suffered a broken femur and had to have her spleen removed after the accident. The male victim's leg was broken and he recently filed a lawsuit against the city of Miami Beach and the police officer for disability, disfigurement, mental anguish and lost wages.
The female victim already has a pending lawsuit against the city and The Clevelander. The hotel denies serving the officers that night and it is unclear how the officer driving the ATV became so intoxicated. The officer registered a 0.088 percent blood alcohol level five hours after the accident, which means that he was likely far more intoxicated when the crash occurred.
Source: Miami Herald, "2nd lawsuit filed by victim run over by Beach officer's ATV," David Ovalle, April 6, 2012