Friday, July 15, 2011

Cop shoots at jaywalkers in downtown Miami, July, 1925

In 1925, at least one Miami cop took a no-nonsense approach to jaywalking in the downtown area.

On a Friday afternoon in July, 1925, Officer L.M. Johnson spotted two men walking against a red light at West Flagler and N.W. 2nd Ave. After they ignored his orders to stop, he fired four shots, two into the ground and two in the air. One of the bullets struck an innocent passerby.

Johnson retreated to the police station, followed by an angry mob of witnesses to the shooting, anxious to press charges.

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