Miami-Dade Police Officers who attacked Tremaine McMillian

Miami-Dade Police choking Tremaine McMillian
Crime: Injustice, Brutality

This is so wrong. There have been countless stories of police brutality in the United States lately, far too many, and with most having no consequences for the officers involved. But this one bugs me, probably because of the video. I don’t know Tremaine McMillian, and I’ve never been to Miami and area, but this entire story stinks so much I am going to stick my oar in.

On Memorial Day 2013 Tremaine McMillian, a 14-year-old boy, was carrying a tiny puppy as he walked along at Haulover Beach. He did not have a weapon. He did not utter any threats. All he was doing was bottle feeding his puppy Marco as he carried him along the beach.

Tremaine McMillian was tackled and put into a choke hold and handcuffed by Miami-Dade police officers who also pried Marco from the boy’s hands and caused the tiny animal to suffer a slight injury.

Tremaine McMillian has been charged with a felony count of resisting arrest with violence and disorderly conduct. He is actually going to trial! For a felony!

WTF did that kid do? What excuse do those grown-ass police officers have to tackle a young lad carrying a puppy and put him in a choke hold?

MarcoApparently Tremaine McMillian looked at them. That’s right, he looked at them. He gave them “dehumanizing stares”. And then, the police officers say, he clenched his fists and looked oh so threatening. So they HAD to tackle him and arrest him because they felt threatened!

First of all, how does a kid carrying his puppy, bottle feeding that puppy too, clench his fists? His hands were busy with Marco, so how could he threaten those big ass, armed police officers?

Oh, it must have been with his stare. Yeah, those could’ve been laser beams shooting out of those eyes. Real scary. But no, no laser beams. Just a “dehumanizing stare”. Which, I guess, is a crime. Because why else would those big, burly, armed police officers tackle a young boy, pull his puppy out of his arms, and place him in a choke hold while handcuffing him?

Check out the video.

Tremaine McMillian’s family said in a TV interview they were out enjoying the beach when the officers maybe, possibly saw young Tremaine roughhousing with a friend. The officers, they say, soon after drove up on an ATV and confronted Tremaine before leaping off, slamming him to the ground and choking him.

“He started choking me, and as he was choking me, I urinated on myself because I couldn’t breathe,” the young lad told WSVN.

Tremaine and MarcoThe official police report of the incident doesn’t mention a puppy. Instead it says how Tremaine McMillian got combative, pulled his arm away and clenched his fist.

Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta spoke about the incident to CBS: “All of that body language alone is already letting the officers know that this is a person that now is obviously getting agitated and can become violent.”

The detective goes on to say, “Of course we have to neutralize the threat in front of us.”

Of course. And an unarmed 14-year-old boy bottle feeding a tiny puppy is a real threat to those frightened, insecure Miami-Dade police officers whose names I cannot uncover.

The kid is going to trial in July 2013. And forgive me for saying this but I think his true crime in the minds of those officers was he wasn’t white.

Otherwise, it boils down to this bizarre logic: it’s against the law to resist arrest when you haven’t been arrested but are being detained and physically restrained for the resisting arrest your body language indicates you’re about to do.

I think I got myself confused. Let’s put it simpler: police officers can arrest you for resisting arrest because you just don’t like being harassed by them.

And I thought police officers were supposed to protect and serve. Riiight. Remind me never to go near Miami-Dade police officers. But then again I’d probably be just fine — I’m an old white broad.

I’ll keep readers posted about developments. Maybe I’m wrong and young Tremaine McMillian is an arch villain who can somehow incapacitate police with his “dehumanizing stares”, or maybe I’m right and the racist Miami-Dade police officers used an unwarranted amount of brutality on an innocent young man.

Huffington Post video
MSN Now article

27 Responses to Miami-Dade Police Officers who attacked Tremaine McMillian

  1. Bengalpuss says:

    The police are definately without a doubt out of order, but i really don’t think it has anything to do with his colour, once that starts getting thrown into the situation, then we lose sight of what its really all about, police brutality. I’ve seen videos of other young men, white hispanic etc that have suffered the same disgusting behaviour, but it seems to me that when its a black person, everyone shouts racist. Maybe its just my thoughts, but other races have also suffered brutally at the hands of the law. Race has nothing to do with it, imo just cops being absolute bullying arseole’s and i hope the young man wins when he goes to court, because anyone seeing that video can see that there was no justification to treat and abuse that boy like that, and the right thing to do is fire those cops, cos you can’t go around beating kids, just cos you think they looked at you funny and supposedly clenched his fists. Sack em.

    • lowgman says:

      I don’t believe it’s racism either. I’m a white 35yr. old male with no criminal history (1 speeding ticket). 2 years ago I was leaving work and pretty much the same thing happened to me. It’s my family business it was around 1am at night (normal time for me or anyone to be leaving the business which is a catering company). As i was pulling out of the parking lot a cop car pulled in an blocked me from leaving the parking lot. The same exact thing happened a week earlier to me and i presented the officer with my ID, she checked it and I was on my way 5 minutes later (although this is the first time anything like this ever happened to anyone working here for 50 years).

      So then literally a week later this happens. I’m tired and want to go home but figure I’ll just let the cop do his thing and I’ll be on my shortly like last week. Well 10 minutes go by and the cop hasn’t even gotten out of his car yet. I pulled my car in reverse even with his since he was along side of me and not behind me. I asked if anything was wrong and if I could do anything to help him. He asked if “I belonged here?”, which I said “yes” and then he asked if “I worked here?” which again I said yes. Well another 5 minutes go by without him doing anything while I waited. Finally I asked “If there was anything I could do to speed this up because I was tired and wanted to go home” and then explained to him the same thing that happened last week. He got upset with me for telling him how to do his job. I didn’t say anything and waited. 3 more cop car showed up at the scene completely blocking me in at which point I was extremely beside myself with how this had escalated to this point. I asked the officer what was going on and told him I wasn’t doing anything wrong.

      Well trying to make a long story a little shorter I was eventually pulled from my car slammed to the concrete and arrested. 3 felony charges:obstructing justice, resisting arrest & assaulting a police officer (with my car door when they pulled me out of the car and the door hit one of the officers).

      The D.A. dropped all charges a week later in court. but 2 months later a warrant for my arrest was issued because the officer went back and refiled all the charges as misdemeanors. A year and 1/2 later I took a plea because I couldn’t afford to keep paying my lawyer. I got 10 hours of community service and court fees for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. All because I was just leaving work.

      So all this case in Miami shows is cops abuse their power and feel like they are above all other people and their actions should not be questioned just obeyed. The court system will back them up on there cases because they need to maintain a good relationship with the police force. The judges take police officers word over a citizens because they are the law. I’m still irate over having a criminal record now for not doing anything wrong. I this kid will probably experience a similar fate since it’s his word against theirs. The video, although sad, doesn’t really prove anything either way alot like my video. Cops are just bullies with badges.

    • Tammy says:

      Actually, here in the states, MANY officers do indeed pick on blacks because they are black or at least treat them worse than they do whites. THIS has caused innocent whites to suffer because the blacks then begin attacking whites. ANY whites. Young and very old. Thus, there is now a LOT of racial tension going on now. *sigh* And sadly, why I now own a gun. Something I never thought I’d ever have to buy.

    • Grow up says:

      Maybe it’s because THIS ONLY HAPPENS TO BLACK PEOPLE, I have never or hardly ever seen a police brutality video THIS BAD with a white person being attacked. SHUT UP Bengalpuss (or whatever the hell your stupid name is) and take SEVERAL SEATS.

      You are ridiculous, and need to keep your comments on teh child abuse articles.

      • bengalpuss says:

        I think if anyone needs to grow up “grow up” it should be you, your moniker suits you well.

      • bengalpuss says:

        grow up, i’ve looked at other comments and my comment doesn’t seem offensive, but you single me out, and bully me for my avatar, i’m thinking you are a bully just like the police in this article clint, you seem to know my comments about child abusers, are you a stalker? just wondering that’s all, me thinks you need to “grow up” grow up.

      • bengalpuss says clint you arsehole says:

        I don’t know whether to pity you or laugh at you? I seem to be getting your back up lol, you’ve only shown yourself to be a arsehole, hence your name which is also stupid “grow up”

  2. bulldoggy says:

    The kid looked at them funny and his body language was off so that gave those asshole officers the right to wrestle him to the ground and arrest him? Good thing he didn’t have tourette’s or he might’ve said something bad and been shot. I don’t know if this was racism at work but I’m willing to bet it was. I don’t understand why the prosecutor is going ahead with the trial. It’s ridiculous to me, and this could ruin the kid’s life.

    Charlie and I hope the little puppy is ok now too.

    • Bengalpuss says:

      Jesus bulldoggy, tourettes, if that was me then they’d have a marksman taking me out with all the swearing i do. Yes i’d definately be fucked if i went to miami beach displaying my tourettes syndrome lol.

  3. MsM says:

    Yep, this one is gonna get thrown out of court and I see a HUGE law suit against Dade County for it. I hope this kid’s family takes them for everything they’ve got! (I might live in Florida, but I have no time for Miami, blech…)

  4. wtfsexism says:

    A petition to drop the charges!
    Errybody go sign!
    It takes literally 2 seconds!

  5. moodymagic says:

    These officers should be fired for their actions. I hope they get sued for everything.

  6. dogwalker says:

    Yes I am worried about the boy, and yes I agree those police officers are major assholes, but to be honest when I read this I was mostly worried about the puppy. That makes me a pathetic individual I know. Still, I hope the policemen get fired and the boy wins his case. And the puppy will hopefully grow up with his young master.

    • Bengalpuss says:

      Have to admit dog walker, i worried about the puppy. As i was reading the post, i just kept thinking “What about the puppy” i know its not on, but i like animals more than humans, animals don’t fuck you over, are genuine with unconditional love, well nearly unconditional, just a stroke and food.

      • Lillith says:

        No wonder we get along so well. I value animals more than people most days myself…with the except of human’s who happen to be small & defenseless. I’m seriously considering becoming a social worker, but I fear the harassment & attempted murder charges that would follow when I went vigilante on bad parents or abusive morons. I don’t think I would fare any better working for an animal rescue shelter either. Maybe I should just get a nifty spandex costume (with the undies on the outside of course) and mask & be a vigilante…I can bring the scum to your torture island/ dungeon Bengalpuss…:)

  7. Jlark says:

    Not trying to start something, just a friendly Canadian here commenting for the first time. I read the story a few times and picked up what was said about the kid possibly rough housing with a friend on the beach just prior to this incident. In no way am a condoning what the police did but I would like to know a little bit more about what happened before he was takien down. I have a HUGE issue with people not taking personal accountability for their actions so I’m suspending my judgement on this one until there is more information. Is this kid just tying to cover up in front of his mom?

    • 2cute says:

      JLark, the cops made an issue of his staring, not his roughhousing. If they thought he was being too rough they should’ve acted before he picked up the puppy and started feeding it. If they thought he was being too rough they should’ve asked his friend if he was hurt. They didn’t. So I don’t think the roughhousing had anything to do with the arrest, it just maybe made them target him for harrassment. That’s my opinion for what it’s worth.

      • Bengalpuss says:

        Your right 2cute, they didn’t take him down when he was rough housing with his friend, plus they’ve even stated themselves it was how he looked at them, and clenching his fists. Bullying cops who got caught on video. They certainly can’t deny it now can they

  8. Lillith says:

    This is fucked up! Those cops had better get ready for one hellva lawsuit, because they just gave this kid an easy payday! America is one of those beautiful countries where you can walk up to a cop and “express” your 1st amendment protected freedom of speech by saying “Fuck you pig!” without fear of being arrested, because this is America! I wish the best to the kid & his family too.

    On another note, at least this one didn’t involve murder, child abuse or any of the dark & disturbing fare, which is refreshing for a change…:)

  9. Punisher says:

    Justice will be served when someone starts taking these “bad” cops out. There needs to be an organization that watches and serves retribution. All these evil cops kill innocent people and then get paid leave. Then come back to work to kill again. The good cops can’t help, they have to “honor” the blue code, ironic, how can there be honor in that? cowards all of them. They are worst gang, that we pay our tax money to, allowing them the power to do what they want. modern day gestapos. sad world.

  10. red says:

    kid looks a little fishy too me

  11. Ryan says:

    Charges were ultimately dropped; but he’s on probation for two years

  12. blinkingblythe says:

    There is going to be a new generation of hophop
    artists creating songs such as “Cop Killer” and “Fuk Da Police” in the near future


  13. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Shocking and Sickening . Look’s like Sackings are in Order

    I Thought New York Police Department had Outlawed Chokeholds about

    Brutality Seems Out of the Third Reich Not the Land of the Free

  14. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    I Hope the UK does Not Follow in this Kind of Nazi Brutality

    Bad Enough Police Officers Oblivious to a Desperate Mans Calls
    For Help in the Face of Evil Scum to be Ignored and Victimised by
    the Police instead and then to Burned Alive in Public whilst Alleged ” Neighbours ” Acted the Ostrich whilst this Evil Murder
    was Going On.

    Disgusted with the Degenerate State of the UK and the West in General Yes I AM

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