News Spreads Fast: Police Should Use Restraint

Tue, Jul 29, 2008

News, Traditional Afrikan

As reported previously, Miami-Dade Police Officers are being asked to exercise good common sense and knowledge of the law when dealing with Orisa worshippers.

CBS Channel 4 and the South Florida Sun Sential reported on the story recently:

To Exercise Tolerance Over Sacrifices: Notation Will Be Added To 2009 Handbook
MIAMI (CBS4) ― Miami Dade police officers will be receiving a reminder of legal tolerance in the 2009 handbooks which will include a note on how they are required to act when dealing with ritual animal sacrifices.

The notation will remind officers that the freedom to practice religion is protected on both a state and federal level.

The decision to place a reminder in the handbook comes a year after an incident in Coral Gables in which officers raided a home where goats, chickens and pigeons were slaughtered as part of a Santeria ceremony. Several worshippers were held at gunpoint and detained for hours as police investigated whether a crime had been committed.

The move was hailed by those who practice Santeria, a blend of traditional African religions and Catholicism. Followers of the faith believe in spiritual forces whose survival depends on blood sacrifices.

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