Interview with Mayor Maurice Ferre

OK, once the riot began, tell me what steps were taken to try to stop the rioting?


I think, ah, the Miami Police Department and the Metro Police Department, these are the two major police departments in, ah, in our community, ah, were not prepared. And by that I mean that they really didn't know what to do in a circumstance like this. They didn't have the training, they didn't have the equipment. Obviously when something like this occurs and, ah, property is being damaged, burned, ah, looting begins, ah, and then the loss of life begins, um, I think there's a, there, the police department of course has to secure the community, it has to bring, ah, safety back to the streets and control the streets of Miami. That was their main target. They were unable to do it. I think today the police--