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Democratic Convention
Cuban Incident Reports 1968
Miami Beach Police

REFERENCE:
AFTER ACTION REPORT
PART II
Chronological Log of Events

ANNEX "N"
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION;
INTELLIGENCE REPORTS AND CORRESPONDENCE
PRIOR TO AND DURING RIOT

TUESDAY
August 6, 1968

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POLICE DEPARTMENT
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA

TO: COMMAND POST PERSONNEL
FROM: CAPTAIN WEBB
DATE: 7 August 1968
SUBJECT:

CUBA (an organization)
aka committee of 15

It was previously reported this Cuban exile group was planning to hold Mass in demonstration area of Convention Hall, Miami Beach, followed by a rally in the City Stadium, Miami.

Shortly after 7 P.M., 8/7/68, a group consisting of about 70 women and 25 men arrived in the north demonstration area in front of Convention Hall.  They carried small Cuban flags, distributed pro Cuban exile literature to passerby, and then participated in a short prayer for the cause of Cuban liberation offered by a Roman Catholic priest.  They departed a chartered bus at 8:15 for the City Stadium in Miami to join the rally there.

Intelligence Unit of Miami PD advised the rally at the City Stadium was orderly and without incident.  Police details were removed to assist in the disturbance in the NW 62nd Street area.

(MPD)

JLW:ez
cc: SS, FHP, NG, PSD, CP, MPD, FBI, MI
 

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POLICE DEPARTMENT
MIAMI BEACH

TO: CPP
FROM: Capt. Webb
DATE: 7 August 1968
SUBJECT:

1945 hours: approximately 75 Cubans have appeared in the North Demonstration area at the Convention site.  They are carrying paper Cuban Flags and marching in the area.  About 60 of the 75 are females dressed in black (MI)

8:10 P.M., several gangs headed towards Shell City, 5941 N.W. 7 Ave.

1955 hours: The situation in the vicinity of 62nd St. and 15th Ave. is worsening.  Scattered looting and rock throwing now is in progress on 13th, 14th and 15th Avenues, between 54th and 62nd Streets NW.  The main portion of demonstrators appear to be located at the intersection of 15th Aven and 62nd St. NW.
(Source MPD)

JLW:ez
cc: SS
      NG
      PSD
      CP
      MPD
      FBI

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POLICE DEPARTMENT
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA

TO: COMMAND POST PERSONNEL
FROM: CAPTAIN WEBB
DATE: 7 August 1968
SUBJECT:

OSI representative has information off the street indicating possibility that approximately 1,000 Cubans will assemble evening 7 August 1968, Flamingo Park or Miami Beach High School, this jurisdiction, to demonstrate aggressively in demonstrating areas.

Possibility exists this group refuses to cooperate with plans which have been confirmed resulting in mass meeting of Cubans at Miami Stadium, with token demonstration at demonstrating area.

JLW:ez
cc: Secret Service
     Florida Highway Patrol
     Florida National Guard
     Public Safety Department
     Florida Conservation Patrol
     Miami Police Department

Capt. Jesse L. Webb
E. Zebitz
by direction
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THURSDAY
August 8, 1968

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POLICE DEPARTMENT
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA

TO: COMMAND POST PERSONNEL
FROM: CAPTAIN WEBB
DATE: 8 August 1968
SUBJECT:

At 3:10 p.m., Miami Police began sealing off the area located between 54th and 72 Streets from 7 to 17th Avenues N.W. (MPD)

Report received at 3:15 p.m., 8/8/68 that approximately 1 hours previously the boat Caribbean Venture, a 2100 ton merchant ship, flying the British Flag, suffered under water bomb damage while docked at Pier #1, 5th St. and Biscayne Blvd., Miami.  This ship arrived from Venezuela
7-30-68, and was due to depart today.

According to an informant who has furnished reliable information in the past, the organization of Cuban Exiles, Orlando Bosch Avila, MOVIMIENTO INSURRECCIONAL DE RECUPERACION REVOLUCIONARIA (MIRR) was responsible. (FBI)

At 3:32 p.m., at 13th Ave. and 62nd St., officer calling for help prisoner escaped attracted mob.  Shots coming from an apartment building in the area to which the prisoner ran.  Shooting quelled.   . . . fire reported 12th Ave. and 62nd Street NW .... tear gas continues to be used to break up crowds throughout the area. (MPD)

cc: SS, FHP, NG, CP, PSD, MPD, FBI, MI

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POLICE DEPARTMENT
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA

TO: COMMAND POST PERSONNEL
FROM: CAPTAIN WEBB
DATE: 8 August 1968
SUBJECT:

At 4:40 P.M. a civilian was shot at 6234 14th Court, N.W. Miami.  An ambulance was called and subject was taken to the hospital.  Further details unknown.

At 4:45 P.M. it was reported that Dade County Liaison Command Post will be set up at 63rd Street  & 27th Avenue N.W.  Sheriff Purdy and others will man the post.

At 4:45 P.M. a reliable source of Military Intelligence reported that Cuban business establishments have been receiving threatening calls from black militants since 7 August.  Note, calls were also received on 7th August threatening to disrupt the scheduled rally at Miami stadium.  However, this failed to materialize.

cc: SS, FHP, NG, CP, PSD, MPD, FBI, MI
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POLICE DEPARTMENT
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA

TO: COMMAND POST PERSONNEL
FROM: Captain Webb
DATE: 8 August 1968
SUBJECT:

At approximately 12:05 a.m., a bombing was reported at the Cuban Market located at 1051 or 1057 W. Flagler St., Miami, reportedly by one of the Cuban organizations.

JLW: ez
cc: SS, FHP, NG, PSD, CP, MPD, FBI, MI

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