Miami police choke 14-year-old and hurt his puppy after receiving 'dehumanizing stares'

Police in Miami-Dade slammed a 14-year-old child on the ground, then placed him in a chokehold. Why? Because he gave them a "dehumanizing stare." When asked about his puppy, injured during the arrest, Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta told CBS: "We are not concerned with a puppy. We are concerned with the threat to the officer." [Miami New Times]


  1. I wonder what will be the core reason this gets media attention: because the police violated the civil rights of a black 14y/o male or because a puppy was injured…?

    1. Maybe because staring at someone, no matter how “dehumanizing”, is actually NOT illegal?  Did you think of that one?

      1. Um… I’m not sure what you think I was suggesting. I was implying that media attention will come because there is an injured puppy. As in, the media almost never pays attention to another disenfranchised black youth being abused at the hands of the police, even with video evidence.

          1. I love that sketch. The SPG in the “Constable Savage” sketch became the TSG, it’s the same lot who killed Ian Tomlinson in London and got away with it.

    2. I think we all know it’s going to be the puppy.  Sadly the police brutalizing a black teenager in this country isn’t news, which is why they thought it acceptable to do it in the first place.

  2. “Dehumanizing Stare” assumes that there is some humanity present to start.

        1. Exactly! This is why the cops had to take him down. He was using his eyes to cast a spell that robbed them of their humanity. The effects of this spell include attacking a black teenager and injuring puppies. Nobody knows whether he was successful in casting the spell or not.

  3. De-humanizing eh?

    People staring at me sometimes make me uncomfortable, or anxious.  But de-humanizing?  That kid’s got a mighty stare.  Next he’ll be being poked and prodded by the CIA – howdja do it kid?  Teach us, tell us.

    1. Well, the cops acted inhumanely – how else could it have happened?  Clearly their victim used powers of witchcraft to dehumanize them.

  4. On the stand:

    “Officer, please hold this puppy in one hand.  Now, with your other hand, please hold this bottle with which to feed the aforementioned puppy.  Now, please show the court how the teen looked at you menacingly, as if to threaten or endanger you.”

  5. What is a ‘dehumanizing stare’ anyway? Did somebody make the mistake of leaving Officer Donut with the impression that his ‘sensitivity training’ was a series of instructions about the threats that perps could represent to his delicate feelings?

    1. It apparently means “a stare capable of denting someone’s fragile ego.”

      1.  Just where I was going to go with the baby talk, except I was going to suggest all posts in this thread be typed in baby talk.

        1. Dis is suwch a gewd ider. Da poow widdle poweece mannn got his fwweings huwwt… soooo sad poweece mannn.

          1. Brilliant. The Crybaby Filter.

            “Bawwwwwww, my feewings is huwt fow some weason. Waaaaaah. I donnow why, it maybe ‘cuz powiticuw buwwsit ow ‘cuz I talked bad wooooords to grownups. Baaawwwww, I wan’ my mama!”

    2. I think it translates as “any eye contact between a person with a high melanin count and an officer of the law with a low melanin count.”

      1. I think I heard somewhere it’s just six billion dollars or so. That’s cheap for a weaponizible military project.

    1.  So more people than Cyclops or Gazerbeam have eye-beams?  Teh superz, they iz everywheres…

    1. Indeed. We tend to avoid eye contact because it frakking hurts, and others tend to assume we avoid eye contact because we must be untrustworthy and evasive…

      1. I find eye contact really really uncomfortable, especially when prolonged. I’ve actually had people straight up tell me they won’t work with some one who doesn’t make eye contact so I end up forcing it, and if I get another person who seems to evade the gaze I’m actually sincerely relieved. I wouldn’t describe it as painful, but intensely awkward under most circumstances definitely and weirdly intimate some times. It feels like the equivalent of going through their closet or medicine cabinet for some reason. Likewise, I feel like I’m being scrutinized.

        Also I’ve no belief in the myth that people won’t make eye contact when lying. The whole point of lying and/or conning some one is to gain their trust. So, if you’re lying, you’re going to act like what people believe is trustworthy. What I have noticed more when I’ve been lied to is that it’s more like I’ve been pulled on stage by an actor and am being compelled into the role they’d like me to play (sucker, typically).

    1. Well how do you know this thug wasn’t armed? He was probably planning to do bad things. Also, he his stare was dehumanizing. Dehumanizing! Hav eyou ever been dehumanized? I can tell you, it’s not pleasant. The police department is concerned with the threat to the officr, and rightly so. He could have been dehumanized! Also, I’ll bet it was a pit bull.

      1. I’ve received many stares in my life which I felt were dehumanizing. Therefore, I believe this precedent means I can gather some friends and commit extreme acts of physical violence to said starers and/or their pets. No possible problems there, right?

      2.  “Have you ever been dehumanized?”

        Yes, every time I go through airport “security”.

        1. I wonder if this black kid would trade a choking beatdown by the police over having to take off his shoes before boarding a vacation flight…

    2. Just read the comments in the linked article.   There’s authoritarians, boot-lickers and racists galore.   A veritable festival of suck.

  6. Well, the cops showed that kid how to be REALLY dehumanizing…

    This type of stuff is getting FAR too common for my taste. And NO, its not just because we have news in the bitstream live all day. Are there ANY police forces out there these days that do not have these types of malevolent douchebags on their rosters?  Are the standards now so low that any bigoted cretin can pass some dumbed down civil test so they can jump on the public sector lifetime gravy train?

    “Law Enforcement” is on its way to becoming a pejorative in the US.

    1.  yes  100% agree with you.   and my constant question?  how do WE?  as common citizens?  put a stop to this?

      1. Mass proliferation of video recording devices with rapid deployment to public streaming servers.  Truth transferred to the public collective faster than the criminals can even react.

      2.  The answer is simple. Become strong enough to make them fear us, and strong enough to handle whatever reprisals they take against us.

        Gene Sharp wrote it all down in From Dictatorship to Democracy. You just need to show people that incidents like this indicate that we live in an empire of regional dictatorships.

    1. So true.  As soon as I read the linked article and saw his first name, I knew what the problem was.

      A white 14-year-old is a kid; a black 14-year-old is a “threat” to armed and trained adult officers.

  7. Society had a crime problem. It hired cops to attack crime. Now society has a cop problem.

    -Tom Robbins

  8. Hmmm… how many teachers manage to deal with scowling 14 year olds on a daily basis without needing to do this…

      1. Including holding the puppy? Because I think puppy-holding is definitely what makes this kid scary. I mean, how would you feel if a kid like that held a puppy at you?

        1. Remember, the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a puppy is a good guy with a gun.

    1. That’s it!! The ultimate compromise! By God, Navin_Johnson, you’ll get a Nobel Peace prize just as soon as they run out of celebrities for prestige and “expected” deeds.

      We make a compromise with the NRA. We’ll arm teachers, since they are the primary wardens, as it were, of those dangerous bastard 14-year-olds, as long as we disarm the police, since clearly teachers are better trained than police to deal with them.

      Juvie hall is now called “boarding school” and is funded properly.

      Watch crime decrease over a ten-year period. Just try me.

  9. This is fucking terrible. This is so sad. He even has to go in front of a judge still. Look at the size of this kid at 1:17, and then contemplate why TWO officers were needed at all, much less why they needed to stand on him & elbow his neck to put handcuffs on him… I don’t think this is funny at all, this is extremely fucked up. He doesn’t even seem like a bad kid (i know i can’t tell, but im just saying).

  10. Respect cops a bit less every time you see something like this, and try not to imagine what they do that *isn’t* caught on camera. 

  11. Wow. I never thought the police would have their kick the dog moment actually involve kicking the dog…

  12. If a 14 year old isn’t armed with a gun, a police officer should never feel threatened.

    1. That’s going to be a problem in communities that make gun-totin’ mandatory.

    1. ummmm..  Life is like a bowl of puppies: you never know which one will dehumanize you?    

  13. The threat truly is the puppy.
    “If I kill this puppy,” thinks the policeman, “many people will dislike me.”
    And he continues to think, “I surmise that this puppy is my enemy, and that I must therefore kill it as quickly as possible.”

  14. “We are concerned with the threat to the officer.”
    Perhaps if these police are threatened by a dehumanizing stare it is time to get some police that are not so easily threatened.

  15. I heard that rainbows make Miami-Dade cops cry, and they can’t handle being in the same room as an angry butterfly.

  16. I would post something, but I don’t want to be choked for posting a “dehumanizing comment.” 

    And, I want to keep my dog safe.

    – yeff

  17. I wonder if cops get upset when they read stories like this and think “oh, no, not again” in the same way Muslims do when a Muslim is involved in a terrorist incident or the way many Christians do when the WBC stage an outrageous protest. It must suck to be a good person and yet seen negatively by vague associations with bad people.

  18. Holy Shit, I just went to the article, and the comment section proves that Florida needs to be sent adrift. I cannot believe the prideful racism in the south. Glad I have never, nor will ever set foot south of the mason-dixon line. 

  19. Hell in a handbasket.

    To the 98% of humanity dumber than me:
    This mess is your fault. Fuck you guys.

    Look up Dunning-Kruger and listen to somebody smart for a change.

  20. From the linked article.
    Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta told CBS Miami that McMillian tried to pull away, so that constituted a “threat.” 

    So, the cop tried to grab a 14 year old boy and he pulled away. How is that a threat to the thug cop? and under what authority was he trying to restrain this civilian? Restraint is arrest.“Citizens may resist unlawful arrest to the point of taking an arresting officer’s life if necessary.” Plummer v. State, 136 Ind. 306. This premise was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case: John Bad Elk v. U.S., 177 U.S. 529.

  21. A white police officer in Miami-Dade slammed a 14-year-old black child on the ground, then placed him in a chokehold. Why? Because he gave them a “dehumanizing stare.” UNBELIEVEABLE!!! When asked about his puppy, injured during the arrest, Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta told CBS: “We are not concerned with a puppy. We are concerned with the threat to the officer.” Now there were two white officers with guns pace and tasers! Both were threaten by a half naked 14 year old holding a puppy!

    These officers should be arrest immediately for child abuse and animal abuse and police brutality and attempted murder! The 14 year old was thrown to the ground from behind and choked so hard he urinated on himself. All while his mother watch and could not protect her son for fear of being attack or murdered by police officers!

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