As the paper stresses, this mission is regarded as the largest joint law enforcement operation in Miami’s history and perhaps the country’s as well. While the operation had its fair share of pitfalls, the FTAA action was overall successful because the Summit went on uninterrupted and thousands of protesters worked out their freedom to free speech. This paper touches on key challenges and their cause, viable solution to such problems, ramification of solutions, and policy recommendation by the county board commissioners. The analysis will focus on the three after Actions reports by the city of Miami PD, and civilian investigate panel report and the independent FTAA review panel.
After the end of FTAA summit, it was time to reflect and evaluate the performance the combined law enforcement and identify the challenges experienced. At-least with reference to the after action reports, the challenges arose from the way operation was conducted and were further heightened by aggressive protesters’ tactics. The first two reports however are little biased because they are compiled the two protagonist groups – the law enforcement and the protesters as each party try to blame the other. The independent review panel is the most reliable because it not only involved all parties at arriving conclusions, but also it used interviews or public hearings to identify the real challenges. The key issues included training, organization and deployment, non-unified command, excessive use of force, labor concerns, and communication.
Prior to summit, a series of law enforcement training for the FTAA was initiated because of the unprecedented in capacity, concentration and the huge number of command agencies. The Miami Police Department Commander headed this six-month exercise.