Via the Miami Herald, a hideous tale of institutional privilege:
Earl Sampson has been stopped and questioned by Miami Gardens police 258 times in four years. He’s been searched more than 100 times. And arrested and jailed 56 times.
Despite his long rap sheet, Sampson, 28, has never been convicted of anything more serious than possession of marijuana.
Miami Gardens police have arrested Sampson 62 times for one offense: trespassing. Almost every citation was issued at the same place: the 207 Quickstop, a convenience store on 207th Street in Miami Gardens. But Sampson isn’t loitering. He works as a clerk at the Quickstop.
258 times in four years. 258 times in four years. 62 arrests for trespassing in his own workplace. Alex Saleh, the Quickstop's owner, installed a video camera in his store in 2012 and has since amassed quite a bit of evidence against the area police, who have been going so far as to file falsified arrest reports. (Saleh himself was once run down by six squad cars for a bad tag light, and cited for three infractions, including "bald tires.") Burn it all down! [Miami Herald]