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When police stick to phony script

Underutilized mounted police watch World Cup soccer...by Catherine Porter for the Toronto Star

They call it the Miami Model.

But it could be called the Genoa model, the Pittsburgh model and, after this weekend, the Toronto model.

It refers to police tactics used in Miami seven years ago, during the Free Trade Area of the Americas summit, and, more importantly, the protests erupting on the streets outside.

Manny Diaz, Miami's then-mayor, called the police methods exemplary – a model to be followed by homeland security when confronting protesters.

Human rights groups including Amnesty International called it a model of police brutality and intimidation.

Protesters were beaten with tear gas, sticks, rubber bullets... You can watch police stun cowering protesters with Tasers on YouTube. Last year, the city agreed it had trampled citizens' right to free speech by forcing marchers back from planned protests, and settled out of court with Amnesty International.

What is the Miami Model?

I called Naomi Archer to find out...

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Posted: June 26, 2010

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