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NAACP Urges Justice Department to Probe Miami Gardens Police Action

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The NAACP in Florida is asking the Justice Department to investigate an unusual number of arrests at a convenience store in Miami Gardens, CBS Miami reports.

Civil rights leaders are concerned about numerous arrests following police activity at the 207 Quickstop.

One employee, for example, was cited for trespassing more than 60 times despite working at the store, CBS Miami wrote.

“The citizens are outraged. So many complaints have been rolling in about how they’re being treated.We know there is a lot of crime in Miami Gardens. We are not  supporting criminals. This is not that point at all. This is about ensuring that those who are law-abiding citizens are not abused. Even if they are criminals, there is a way to deal with criminals,” said Adora Obi Nweze, president of the NAACP Florida State Conference.

An officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said police are stopping people only to meet quotas.

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Miss. U.S. Atty. Office Targeted Islamic Store Owners For Terrorism

koranBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In the post-9/11 era, some Islamic groups complained about being indiscriminately targeted simply because of their heritage.

Now The Jackson Clarion Ledger is reporting that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oxford, Miss., targeted “convenience store operators in north Mississippi, many of Middle Eastern descent, despite a lack of any connection to terrorism, according to documents obtained by” the paper. Some civil rights advocates have raised questions.

The paper said the “convenience store initiative” arose from the meetings with local law enforcement in the years after Sept. 11, 2001.

U.S. Attorney Jim Greenlee told the paper authorities were “looking to see any links to terrorism, but what we found was criminal conduct.” Many were arrested for such violations as selling excessive amounts of pseudoephedrine,which can be used to make meth.

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