This weekend, Miami Beach police officers handcuffed and detained a group of Floridians as they were exercising their Second Amendment rights in an open carry demonstration at South Pointe Pier on Sunday. In a statement the MBPD gave to WPLG Channel 10 News;
Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department, said officers briefly detained six armed men at the popular tourist destination around 11 a.m. However, police quickly determined the men were legally allowed to carry the weapons and released them, Rodriquez said.
“Out of an abundance of caution we have assigned two MBPD officers to the pier while they remain,” Rodriquez said. “We are encouraging visitors to use other portions of South Pointe Park.”
NBC 6 News Miami reported that . . .
“Interview of the individuals revealed the fisherman were relying on Florida State Statute 790.25 (3) as the basis to openly carry their firearms,” the Miami Beach Police Department said in a statement. “After reviewing the documents it was determined they were acting within the law. The fishermen have been allowed to stay.”
Florida Statute 790.25 (3) allows open carry while fishing, hunting, camping, attending a gun show or shooting.
What isn’t reported in news accounts of the event is that the incident was a public gun rights protest organized by Florida Carry which notified Miami Beach Police in advance that they would be legally exercising their rights under Florida law.
Rather then familiarize themselves with the law, Miami Beach police cuffed and detained the protesters, violating their civil rights.
Here is a series of conversations one of the protestors had with the Miami Beach Police Department in advance of the event. It’s clear that none of the officers this person spoke to was even remotely familiar with state law.
And here are videos showing what happened on Sunday (some language NSFW) when the protestors were detained for “officer safety.”