Miami-Dade leaders speak out on gun violence as conversation goes national


NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Florida – Weeks after a series of shootings that shocked Miami-Dade County and the nation, County Police Director Freddy Ramirez joined with dozens of law enforcement officials during the Wednesday’s community relations council meeting.

“The gun violence you see now is not typical of what you saw in the 80s and 90s,” Ramirez said. “It’s something different. These are social networks. “

The topic of the meeting was particularly relevant as Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava visited Washington on Wednesday for the unveiling of President Joe Biden’s gun violence prevention plan.

The mayor called for the CRB meeting via FaceTime, saying, “I have had the opportunity to review the plan that the Biden administration presented this morning.”

“I love to see that we are part of a national response because it’s not just Miami-Dade County, it’s our whole nation,” Ramirez said of the issue.

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The Police Director reviewed county efforts such as the Peace and Prosperity Plan and Operation Summer Heat. Community Relations Board director Shirley Plantin said residents wanted more clarity on what these plans actually mean in practice.

Ramirez also spoke about the motive behind recent high-profile tragedies, such as the shootings in the banquet hall and hookah lounge.

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“I can tell you that these are not tangible things. Let’s put it that way, ”he said. “I cannot go into details, but I will tell you that I was very troubled by the motive of these heinous crimes. How stupid, that people lost their lives or were seriously injured because of the foolishness.

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