Fla. police boost patrols amid spring break violence

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FILE - In this March 14, 2020, file photo, Tabatha Hannah, a student at St. Clair Community College, center, talks with Miami Beach police officers in Miami Beach, Fla. Colleges around the U.S. are scaling back spring break or canceling it entirely to discourage beachfront partying that could raise infection rates back on campus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

FILE – In this March 14, 2020, file photo, Tabatha Hannah, a student at St. Clair Community College, center, talks with Miami Beach police officers in Miami Beach, Fla. Colleges around the U.S. are scaling back spring break or canceling it entirely to discourage beachfront partying that could raise infection rates back on campus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

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UPDATED 4:20 PM PT – Friday, March 19, 2021

Police officers in Florida have increased patrols amid an uptick in violence during spring break celebrations. On Tuesday, the Miami Beach Police Department announced their goal is to flood the streets with armed officers.

This came after a shooting in the city left one man dead Monday night. According to reports, police also arrested several people following a huge fight at a Miami Beach restaurant Thursday evening.

The city’s police chief said they’re doing all they can to keep people safe.

“The Miami Beach Police Department has gone ahead and done everything they can to not only keep the residents here safe,” Chief Richard Clements stated. “But to also go ahead and ensure that those visiting our city are safe as well.”

 

Large crowds are expected this weekend in Miami Beach. Officials have vowed to crack down on the violence with more officers and strict law enforcement.

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