|Abelardo Antonio Soto of North Miami is taken into custody by Miami Beach police Saturday.|
Just another wild weekend on South Beach.
Throngs of tourists and event-goers may have been good for Miami Beach’s hotels, clubs and restaurants, but the thousands of visitors created a busy — and at times violent — week for the city’s police and firefighters.Some in that "angry mob" were arrested and had this been any other weekend, the arrests might have gone unnoticed.
Between Wednesday and Sunday night, officers and paramedics dealt with a possible suicide jumper at the Flamingo condominium, a mid-day drowning at The Clevelander, a brutal gang rape at The Fontainebleau, and an officer attacked when crowds outside a concert on the beach degenerated into what a fire department spokesman described as an “angry mob.”
But thanks to Youtube, memories of this weekend will be around for quite a while.
Some of the YouTube videos onlookers shot Saturday outside of the Funkshion Fashion Week concert headlined by Swedish House Mafia were sparking mixed reactions on Tuesday.
I lived on South Beach for quite a few years before moving a year and half ago. But in that time, I never saw anything like this.
When I asked a police officer I know if he'd seen the videos, he answered, "Why should I? I live that everyday." He added that his wife had looked at the videos and told him in jest, "It's a good thing I'm not a cop. I would have shot everyone in that mob."
My friend continued: "This sort of thing has been going on for years; the crowds are just more brazen now."
Next up: Memorial Day Weekend. I can't wait.
Here are a few frame grabs from the videos.
|Before the crowds gathered, Lt. Douglas Simon tried to cuff Sara Greenback.|
|Sara Greenback resists being handcuffed by Lt. Douglas Simon.|
|Lt. Simon holds onto Sara Greenback while waiting for back up officers to arrive while a security guard restrains another man.|
Agg Batt Arrest