Law enforcement announced the number of arrests at Miami Beach, Fla., over spring break has now surpassed 1,000 as the city deals with thousands of people from out of state engaging in “lawlessness and an ‘anything goes’ party attitude.”
The crowds of young people celebrating in the area’s bars and beaches prompted a crackdown by officials who voted to extend curfews and closures through April 12. Despite “some residents reportedly complaining of having to wait in traffic jams of up to four hours after police closed bridges in hopes of preventing the unruly crowds from gathering,” according to Fox News.
Photos continue to emerge of law enforcement making arrests in Miami Beach. It has also been reported police fired “pepper balls” into the crowds, Fox News reports.
Miami Beach Police said more than 1,000 people were arrested between Feb. 3 and Sunday, including 350 arrests for felony offenses and about 80 firearms were seized in that time period.
More than half of the arrests were from out of state, City manager Raul Aguila told CBS Miami, adding that many visitors have traveled to Miami Beach “to engage in lawlessness and an anything-goes, party attitude”.
Aguila also claimed many visitors are not patronizing local businesses or spending tourism dollars, but merely congregating by the thousands in the street.
Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements said at the emergency commission meeting that he noticed the gatherings were larger than normal last Monday, “We couldn’t go on any longer,” he said.