It was the second time Miami Beach Police Officer David Socarras did not show up to the trial. The first time, he had called in sick, prompting Judge Jose L. Fernandez to postpone the trial to another date.
The new judge, Edward Newman, didn’t waste any time dropping the case when he realized that I was in the courtroom but Socarras was not.
Not that I have any evidence that Newman would have been anything other than objective. But once bitten, twice shy. And I am well aware that football passions run very deep down here.
But I would imagine it would be hard to justify the arrest in court when Socarras admitted in his report that he arrested me after I photographed him “without consent”.
Now the next step are the civil suits I plan on filing. Stay tuned.