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mario_figueroa_kicking_suarez_facebook-300x203mario_figueroa_kicking_suarez_facebook-300x203mario_figueroa-300x252Miami police officer Mario Figueroa has been suspended with pay after a video of him kicking the head of a suspect who was on the ground in handcuffs went viral.

Figueroa was suspended by Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina, who said that the circulating video “depicts a clear violation of policy.” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has also launched an investigation that could potentially lead to Figueroa’s prosecution.

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Dermis-Hernandez-198x300Miami police officer Dermis Hernandez was arrested by federal agents on Monday for his alleged connection to a Ponzi scheme that guaranteed investors huge returns on loans to property owners in Costa Rica.

Hernandez, 41, faces charges for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He appeared in federal court on Tuesday and is scheduled to have a bond hearing Friday. It is unclear if he has hired a defense attorney.

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28-10-16_medical_van-accidentFour vehicles, including a medical van carrying elderly people, were involved in a collision at an intersection in Miami, Florida, that reportedly injured four people. Miami Police said the accident occurred at the intersection of 22nd Avenue and Northwest 36th Street on October 21.

The four vehicles were identified as a Chevrolet Silverado, an orange landscaping truck, a Honda, and a medical van transporting four elderly patients to a nearby hospital. Surveillance video from the scene shows the eastbound Chevy swerving into the westbound lane to avoid colliding into the northbound medical van.

Witnesses told news sources that the medical van ran a red light on Northwest 22nd Avenue, causing the Chevy driver to swerve into the westbound lane and onto the sidewalk where he crashed into the orange maintenance truck. Sanson Valdes, 55, was identified as the driver of the truck. His daughter, Dayamila Valdes, told news sources that her father was unharmed.

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Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 11.16.57 AMWhat is with the Miami Police Department and speeding officers? Do you remember the case a few years back where a Florida Highway Patrol trooper pulled over Ofc. Fausto Lopez at gunpoint? Lopez was the Miami Police Officer who was caught speeding 53 times between September and October 2011 alone. On his fastest days, his speeds averaged between 90 and 120 mph.

This history is important because speed was obviously a factor in this case.

Antoine Lawson (some news sources spell his name as “Antwan Lawson”) is only 6 years old. Eye witnesses claim his little body was dragged underneath the carriage of the police car for at least 30-40 feet. As a trial attorney with a lot of experience dissecting car accidents, I can tell you that the speed of that police car was a major factor in causing this accident.

In today’s article, I will explain how this reality coupled with the Miami Police Department’s history for speeding, is going to equate to major liability for the City of Miami. Antoine’s family is going to collect big time.

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