Fri, Nov 28, 2003 - Page 7 News List

AI accuses Miami police

TRADE PROTEST Last week's demonstration resulted in the jailing of 200 people, leading a coalition of interest groups to claim police used needless violence

NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE , MIAMI

John J. Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO, released a statement on Wednesday saying that the police had violated "virtually every agreement" made with the union in advance of its protests, and adding that the union might sue.

The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans complained earlier in the week that the police had turned away 13 of 25 buses of retirees it sent to the labor rally and abused a number of retirees who did get there.

In a letter to the AFL-CIO on Tuesday, John Timoney, the Miami police chief, said he was conducting a review of police actions, but he also defended them.

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