Jim DeFede

Miami-Dade Police vehicle in a South Florida neighborhood. (Source: CBS4)

Dade Closer To Alternative For Marijuana Arrests

Miami-Dade County’s government took a step closer Wednesday to providing an alternative to arresting people caught with small amounts of marijuana.


(Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: GOP Economic Summit

We focus on the GOP Economic Summit held in Orlando earlier this week, playing some extended clips from the event. Click on the above image to watch the video.


(Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: FIFA Scandal

We focus on the FIFA scandal. It’s global impact, it’s connection with the Miami component and what’s next for global soccer.


(Source: CBS4)

MDPD To Release More Records On Race And Arrests

Faced with criticism that a squad of officers may have been unfairly targeting blacks and charging them with minor offenses, Miami-Dade Police Director JD Patterson pledged to gather and release information on the racial and ethnic breakdown of the people his officer’s arrest across the county.

CBS Miami–06/01/2015


Race Matters: Town Hall Meeting On Policing In South Dade

As a result of our Race Matters Series, State Representative Kionne L. Mcghee from District 117 hosted a solution-driven discussion on policing in South Dade on Friday, May 29, 2015.


(Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Race Matters Follow Up Special

A special live one hour edition features a follow up on Jim’s story Race Matters.


Source: CBS4

CBS4 Race Matters Series Prompts Town Hall Meeting

An unprecendented gathering of community leaders will take place tonight in South Miami-Dade to discuss ways to improve relations between police and the African-American community.


(Source: Zoo Miami/Ron Magill)

Life and Death Inside Zoo Miami

Every year more than a million people visit Zoo Miami. Spread across 700 acres, it is one of the largest zoos in the country. The zoo is home to 3,000 animals, representing 500 different species – including 40 endangered species.

CBS Miami–05/20/2015


Race Matters: ACLU, NAACP, State Rep. React

Citing a recent CBS4 News investigation, the Miami-Dade branch of the NAACP is asking the county commission to form a task force to improve the way citizens can file complaints against the Miami-Dade police officers.


(Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Miami Beach Officers And Racist Emails Part II

State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates held a news conference to discuss their investigation into thousands of offensive emails discovered inside the police department.