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–After two years of waiting, Miami Beach finally has its very own “cat cafe”.
-The simply named Cat Cafe South Beach opened to the public on November 16.
-Featuring nearly 40 adoptable cats of all ages, the shop also serves hot drinks like coffee and tea and offers some light fare.
-Anyone can come to pet or play with the cats, but you are asked to give a minimum donation of $15 for adults and $12 for children 11 and under.
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Before National Fame, Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho Started As An Undocumented Immigrant
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North Miami Police Have “No Specific Policies” For Dealing With People With Disabilities, FOIA Request Finds
A public records request from RISE NEWS has found that the North Miami police department does not any “specific policies” in terms of how its officers interact with people with disabilities, including autism.
We first requested the information on July 25th and were emailed the findings today.
The request was prompted by the police shooting of unarmed therapist Charles Kinsey three times in the leg in a North Miami street.
The officer who shot Kinsey, Jonathan Aledda was apparently aiming at Kinsey’s autistic patient according to the Miami-Dade police union president.
The shooting made national headlines and brought the issue of racial bias and violence against disabled people into the fore.
In responding to our request of any and all policies and procedures that the North Miami police department may have in dealing with people with disabilities, Major Franzia Brea said that “There are no specific policies regarding this topic.”
You can see for yourself:
While this new disclosure underscores the fact that North Miami has no specific policies dealing with people with disabilities, that doesn’t mean that their officers aren’t familiar with the issue.
North Miami police spokeswoman Natalie Buissereth told RISE NEWS that roughly 85% to 95% of North Miami officers have received Crisis Intervention Team Policing training (CIT).
CIT is often cited by police departments as a top local training method for officers to learn how to deal with people with mental illnesses.
Of course mental illness and developmental disability are two different things.
The CIT training only includes a small section (one page) about Autism and other developmental disabilities.
While the CIT training may be lacking, at least it is something.
But it is not at all clear that Aledda even received CIT training.
His personnel jacket does not include information regarding the training.
“If you don’t see it, it’s not there,” Buissereth said of Aledda’s missing CIT training certificate in his personnel jacket.
While much of the focus of the shooting has rightly been focused on Charles Kinsey, perhaps we should start asking why our police officers aren’t being properly trained on how to deescalate situations with people who have disabilities.
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Multiple reports are indicating that power has been cut off to the entire region of Crimea after two large transmission towers were destroyed.
It is not yet clear who destroyed the towers, although RT reports that supporters of the local group, Right Sector had been rioting in the area earlier in the day.
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–Enchanted Place is one of South Florida’s most unique community traditions.
-A group of around 30 houses on North Miami’s NE 137th Terrace go all out each December by putting up thousands of lights and holiday decorations.
-Tens of thousands of people travel from around the area to drive down the street and take a picture with Santa Claus.
-The tradition started in the late 1980s as a neighborly rivalry between Ken DiGenova and a few of his friends. It quickly grew to the entire street and has lasted 29 years.
-DiGenova puts many of the lights up himself and he organizes the effort each year.
If You Go:
Location: 1600 NE 137th Terrace, North Miami
Time: Sunset to 11:00 PM
Cost: Free (Voluntary donations to a local charity are collected if you want to give)
-Santa Claus will be on the street to take pictures every night until Christmas.
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