Cuban Police Among Refugee Group Who Arrived In Keys

Cuban Police Among Refugee Group Who Arrived In Keys


THE JOHNSON STATE PARK. IT’S THE FIRST STATE PARK NAMED FOR AN AFRICAN AMERICAN. TWO TIMES IN ONE WEEK, TWO GROUPS OF CUBANS MAKING IT TO SOUTH FLORIDA SHORES, BUT IN ONE CASE, IT’S A LITTLE DIFFERENT. CUBAN NATIONAL POLICE OFFICERS WERE APART OF ONE OF THE GROUPS. LAUREN PASTRANA REPORTS WHY THEY RISK IT ALL. Reporter: LOOKING FOR FREEDOM, THESE CUBANS FOUND IT. THIS GROUP IS THE LATEST TO MAKE IT SAFELY ACROSS THE FLORIDA STRAIGHTS. AMONG THEM, TWO MEMBERS OF THE CUBAN NATIONAL REVOLUTIONARY POLICE FORCE STILL WEARING THEIR UNIFORMS. I DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO CHANGE MY CLOTHES. EVERYTHING WAS SO FAST. IMAGINE. THIS MAN NAMED MICHELLE SAYS HE WAS A POLICE OFFICER ON THE ISLAND. LAW ENFORCEMENT IN CUBA IS KNOWN FOR CORRUPTION AND AGGRESSION OFTEN AGAINST PEACEFUL PROTESTORS ON THE STREETS OF HAVANA. MICHELLE SAYS HE AND MANY OF HIS COLLEAGUES HATED THE VIOLENCE. THERE’S CORRUPTION IN A SENSE BECAUSE — BECAUSE IF YOU PAY WELL, I WON’T BE CORRUPT. THESE REFUGEES JOINED ANOTHER GROUP OF CUBANS ON SATURDAY. GOD IS WITH US THE BOAT SAYS AS THE REFUGEES FALL TO THEIR KNEES GRATEFUL TO HAVE MADE THE VOYAGE SAFELY. IT’S — MICHELLE SAYS HIS FAMILY BACK IN CUBA HAS BEEN THREATENED BECAUSE OF HIS CHOICE TO FLEE. IT’S A DECISION I MADE. THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT. THEY’RE MY FAMILY. MY WIFE, KIDS, PARENTS. FLORIDA PATROL CHECKED OUT BOTH GROUPS AND THE U.S. LAW ALLOWS THEM TO STAY THERE. A LOCAL CHARITY PUT THEM IN A HOTEL

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  1. TODO LOS CUBANSO EN LA ISLA TIENE QUE SALIR PA LA CALLE CON
    MACHETTES,CUHILLOS,ACHAS,MARTILLOS Y CADAVES QUE COJAN UN POLICIA O UN
    POLITICO,,PICARLOS EN 100 PEDASOS..Y TODOS LOS CUBANOS QUE ESTEN
    PRESOS..AGAN LOS POLICIAS EN LA CARCEL,,PICADILLO DE PERRO,,EL PUEBLO
    CUBANO ES EL QUE MANDA NO LA POLICIA O EL CUMUNISMO..

  2. Really??! Cuban police is known for agression and corruption??? Thats come from US were if the coop do not like how you look at him beat up you and shot you?

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