Curfew Declared After Gun Violence Surge in Miami

Curfew Declared After Gun Violence Surge in Miami

( – Miami is one of the country’s hottest spring break destinations and for good reason. The city’s hot nightlife and beautiful beaches make it a great place for college students to unwind after months of stress. This year’s celebrations were relatively calm, until last weekend. Now, officials have taken action.

On Monday, March 21, Mayor Dan Gelber and City Manager Alina Hudak declared a state of emergency for Miami Beach. Beginning on Thursday, there will be a curfew. The decision came after a weekend of violence. Five people suffered injuries from gunshots over a two-day period. Four Miami Beach officers were also injured. The Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) posted a video on Twitter showing crowds boxing in officers who were patrolling on golf carts.

Miami Beach FOP President Paul Ozaeta suggested the city hire more officers to handle the crowds. However, he expressed concern officers wouldn’t want to remain in the area because of the way they are treated. “We’re not butlers with badges, we’re public servants,” he told the Miami Herald.

The curfew will be in effect from midnight until 6 a.m., from Thursday through Saturday. Police are going to restrict access to South Beach after the start of the curfew, allowing only residents, people with hotel reservations and those with business in the area to enter.

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