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By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/16/2013

Arrested… for working?

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Here’s a sign the police in your community may be a little overzealous: They arrest people for doing their jobs. That’s what happened to a 28-year-old man in a crime-ridden suburb of Miami, according to the Miami Herald. Earl Sampson has been stopped and questioned by police 258 times in four years, and he’s been arrested 62 times for trespassing. Almost every arrest has come at one location: His workplace, a Quickstop convenience store. The owner of the store filed a complaint with police over the officers’ behaviour, but that made the problem even worse — so bad that he installed cameras, not to deter felons (the store has apparently never been robbed) but to protect staff and customers from the cops. The video shows a couple of surprising arrests for loitering: In the first instance, Sampson was interrupted by police and handcuffed while stocking coolers. In another, he is arrested while taking out the store’s garbage — one of his work duties. The store’s owner said he plans to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Miami Gardens Police. Most of the people arrested on his property tend to be poor and black, he said.

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