Bystander Shot During SoBe Police-Involved Shooting Speaks Out

MIAMI BEACH (CBS4)- A man who was shot during the shootout on South Beach during the Memorial Day weekend spoke out about the incident Friday.

Cedrick Perkins, 30, said his life was flashing before his eyes when he discovered he was injured Monday while on South Beach during Urban Beach Weekend.

“I was thinking about my daughter, my family,” he said. “And praying to God to let me live.”

Perkins was one of four bystanders shot that morning. Three police officers were also injured that weekend after two separate police-involved shootings in Miami Beach.

One person was also killed in the shooting which was caught on camera. Raymond Herisse, 22, was the man who died in a hail of bullets from a dozen police officers guns.

Police opened fire just before 4:00 a.m. Monday, May 30th, after Herisse reportedly got into an altercation with an officer at 18th Street and Collins Avenue.  Miami Beach police said it wasn’t Herisse’s first attempt to strike an officer.

Perkins said he was sitting on the porch of the Dolores Hotel on Miami Beach when he saw a car come barreling down the street

“I observed a car coming up the street with flat tires,” he said. “On the opposite side of the street I see police open fire on this vehicle once it passes the motel.  By the time I get up try to make my way into the motel, I feel a burning sensation in my chest.  And once I get inside the hotel my shirt was covered in blood.  They laid me down on the floor and told me to elevate my feet.”

A gun was reportedly found in Herisse’s car, but police have yet to say if the gun found was fired.  Regardless, Perkins believes the bullet that went through his chest was fired by police.

Perkin’s attorney Benjamin Crump said the whole incident was poor judgement.

“It’s just common sense that if you are on one side of the road and you got a crowd of people on the other side of the road, you don’t shoot at a car in the middle,” Crump said. “What’s more dangerous? A car bumping into other cars? Or shooting into a crowd of people?  It was just poor judgement.”

Perkins attorney is demanding answers on what happened from Miami Beach police, but hinted they will be filing a lawsuit very soon.

“I want justice to be served,” Perkins said.

Rally Held Friday

Meanwhile, saying ‘enough is enough,’ several community activists gathered a few dozen people for a rally Friday evening in front of Miami Beach City Hall to urge city leaders to end Urban Beach Weekend.

Herb Sosa, who publishes the online magazine Ambiente, is a leading figure to end the unofficial Memorial Day weekend event which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to South Beach.

In an open letter to Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower, Sosa writes that the Urban Beach weekend “shows our city as nothing short of a warzone – Filthy streets, a drive by shooting, multiple cars crashed in the process, and total chaos on the streets. This is unacceptable and must be controlled before we totally lose our city, tourism & residents. It is not limited to Ocean Drive or Collins – there isn’t a residential street in South Beach not affected by tons of garbage, crime to our vehicles, excessive noise 24 hours a day, and simply a lack of respect for our community, citizens & property.”

Peter Joseph Tapia has set up a Facebook page is support of the rally and ending the Urban Beach weekend. The page has more than 3,200 ‘Likes’.

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  • Bob

    The cops will just say the car was coming towards them and they were forced to fire. I have never had police training but it does sound to me that the cops were in the heat of the moment and just started firing. I honestly think what they did was irresponsible. They should be protecting not firing into a crowed, even if there is a suspect around them. A cops in Miami shoot first then ask questions later. It’s getting to become very scary seeing that a cop can’t arrest anyone without shooting them fataly.

  • Felicia

    Cops here are jokes. Young trigger happy kids running on adrenaline. A real joke.

  • OJ

    You go girl!!! Mmmmm Hmmmmm… Ain’t nobody gonna get our weekend back. It’s all messed up by cops and people complaning about race. MMMMM HMMMMM. URBAN RULES.

  • Delasangre

    The same people were dumped form Key Biscayne, due to the fast that they are a LOST anywhere they go. Please Miami Beach, do not let those reckless people comeback, NEVER AGAIN!

  • coleyounger

    We all know that cops shoot first then ask questions later !!! I can’t believe it took at least 10 cops to shoot at one car !!!! Were they shooting at someone made out of steel ???

  • joe

    ok..I am white..I did not realize this was an Urban Beach weekend…I took my son down there for the first time……i did not see any real issues. No one bothered me or looked at me any differently…I only noticed that this looked like a Mainly Black Beach party…99% of the people I saw were Black…So what…no big deal once you get past all the tattoos on the women and men and all the underwear and such..oh..and some of you women out there need to seriously cover up your badonkadonk butts….I do think they should should name the weekend – Black Black beach weekend or African American Weekend so folks like me know it is really a mainly Black event. Urban?…not at all Urban..there were no white urbanites there…..

    • Bongo Man

      Why do most young Black people choose to dress so ridiculously. Its unbecoming.

  • abootnkiki

    just wish it was one of his kids hitting the front bumper of that car,then he wouldnt have anyone to get money from;cause im sure that dead deliquent didnt have any.& dad should have been with his kids @ 4a.m. if he loves them so much;not hanging on the porch of a motel @ 4.a.m

  • Tony

    Just what are the cops supposed to do when a crazy man is shooting at them from a moving car? Just stand there and throw harsh language back?

    • CTY


      That crazy man SHOOTING at them from a moving car .. OK

      That crazy man was AMAZING — after being shot 20 times by the POLICE

      he was still able to HIDE THE GUN so well that it took the POLICE 3 days

      to FIND IT ! AMAZING ! Come on, use your “intelligence” ?

  • Marie

    Why tourist continue going to Miami-dade is a mystery .

  • Marie

    Cops here are jokes. Young trigger happy kids running on adrenaline. A real joke.

    The real joke in Miami are the COUNTLESS people who complain yet never vote in local and state elections if they even bother to vote once every 4 yrs.
    The majority of politicians in Miami would not have a job in most other places. Time to pick up the political standards there but I doubt many will as Miami is home to non voting apathetic people who get what they deserve.

  • Boss Blacktonydanza Bizzle

    But dude was a Miami resident…. Don’t blame the out of towners.

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