Miami business hawks pro-police collector coins. One state says its design breaks the law

As the nation grapples with tensions over cases of police brutality, a small Miami company says it’s found a successful niche selling pro-law-enforcement “challenge coins” and pins online.

The company, LEO Challenge Coins, hawks collector-type coins that depict police badges and emblems from agencies from around the country, plus body armor, rifles, American flags, President Donald Trump in heroic poses and even Baby Yoda wearing a coronavirus mask.

But one coin depicting a Virginia trooper — who earned online notoriety for cursing and preening to the camera during a video-recorded traffic stop — is drawing heat, including from the state itself. Virginia’s Secretary of the Commonwealth this week issued a cease-and-desist order to the Miami company, threatening fines and even jail time because the coin displays the state seal.

“As keeper of the Seals, I request that you cease such usage and remove any representation of the seal of

Read More

Miami company gets jail threat over police ‘challenge coin’

As the nation grapples with tensions over cases of police brutality, a small Miami company says its found a successful niche selling pro-law-enforcement “challenge coins” and pins online.

The company, LEO Challenge Coins, hawks collector-type coins that depict police badges and emblems from agencies from around the country, plus body armor, rifles, American flags, President Donald Trump in heroic poses and even Baby Yoda wearing a coronavirus mask.

But one coin depicting a Virginia trooper — who earned online notoriety for cursing and preening to the camera during a video-recorded traffic stop — is drawing heat, including from the state itself. Virginia’s Secretary of the Commonwealth this week issued a cease-and-desist order to the Miami company, threatening fines and even jail time because the coin displays the state seal.

“As keeper of the Seals, I request that you cease such usage and remove any representation of the seal of the

Read More

Biden reframes his ‘clown’ dig at Trump in Miami town hall, backs turning Roe v. Wade into law

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden fielded questions from voters at an NBC News town hall event in Miami on Monday night, and in his answers he urged people to wear masks, said President Trump was partly to blame for contracting COVID-19, and suggested he shouldn’t have called him a “clown” during last week’s debate.

After a voter asked Biden about Trump’s “bullying” interruptions at the debate, moderator Lester Holt noted “it was an ugly debate, and it hit some lows — you called him a ‘clown,’ a ‘fool,’ you told him to ‘shut up.’ It seemed to go against some of the language you’ve said about, you know, not being divisive. Do you regret any part on your part?”

Biden said as Trump kept lobbing “invectives” and personal gibes at him, he tried hard “to figure out how I could possibly have him respect the debate, respect the evening.” And

Read More

Miami Nightlife Photos: Rhythm Foundation, Society Las Olas, and the Collection

It’s not easy having eyes all over the scene, being around to take in all the wild visuals at all the worthwhile places in the city. There are, however, those parties and gallery openings where a fortunate photographer can point and shoot. Every week, in collaboration with World Red Eye, New Times brings you a solid recap of all the recent experiences you might’ve missed around Miami. It’s impossible to be everywhere, but, hey, we can try to keep our Eyes on Miami.

Eyes on Miami: Rhythm Foundation, Society Las Olas, and the Collection

D Over the past three decades, the Rhythm Foundation has been a major influence in the development and preservation of our city’s remarkable entertainment industry, contributing to its growth on a local, national, and even international scale. In 2015, the City of Miami Beach awarded the Rhythm Foundation the management of the North Beach Bandshell, a 1,400-capacity oceanfront amphitheater. As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced venues everywhere

Read More