Rowdy Miami Spring Breakers To Be Met With Armored Riot Police
By DeAnna Taylor
It’s 2019, and the age of Black and brown college students having fun is officially over.
Miami Beach officials recently announced their plan to “crack down” on rowdy crowds and violence during the 2019 Spring Break season. Under this plan, 25-member police units will patrol the Ocean Drive area in full riot gear. If that wasn’t enough, visitors can also expect to see police vans, ATVs, and barricades set up along the main beach area in case people need to be taken off to jail for getting out of hand.
Miami commissioners decided to put these tactics into place after several videos surfaced on social media of visitors getting into fights, people stumbling down sidewalks intoxicated, and crowds being overly rowdy. In other words, welcome to a spring break town in America.
It’s no surprise that many of the videos that have been used as examples feature people of color in them.
“This is going to be challenging work, and at times it may not be pretty, but I’ve assured senior command staff, I’ve even spoken to our union president, that I, the administration, stands behind our officers to do everything they need to do to take control of the beach,” City Manager Jimmy Morales said yesterday during the emergency meeting. Morales also complained that South Beach has somehow morphed into what he called a “promoted party scene.”
This is an interesting “revelation” by the city manager since Miami has been known to be one of America’s most popular party cities for decades.
Miami officials have been accused of racism in the past. In 2017, officials attempted to shut down Urban Beach Week, which is known to bring in Black tourists for a week of fun. It was alleged that residents (mostly white residents) had an issue with the noise coming from parties along Ocean Drive.
In the most recent meeting, city officials and residents repeatedly complained about “losing control” of the city.”We’ve dealt with this on Memorial Day weekends,” Morales said. “We know what we can do.”
Is this simply a case of officials wanting to take precaution or is it a case of over-policing? You be the judge.
DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel writer. The Charlotte native recently completed one year abroad working as an English teacher in South Korea. Her hobbies include fitness, traveling to new countries, and trying new foods.