DISGRACE AT DINNER KEY March 6, 1969 (from the Miami Public Library Florida Collection)
Reflection raises several questions about the disgraceful performance in Dinner Key Auditorium last Saturday night.
The huge hall is public property. It's owners are the taxpayers of the City of Miami. They have a right to insist that the auditorium not be used by individuals who would foment disorder or engage in obscene conduct before an audience including thousands of teenagers.
Those who handle the renting of the auditorium must have had an idea what the performance would be like because they ordered the promoters to hire 30 off-duty policeman to maintain order.
As we understand it from an eye witness, arresting the offender on the stage could have touched off a riot. Still, we cannot see why some of the policeman did not make the arrest after the end of the show. They saw and heard laws being broken, and could so testify.
By Contrast, an off-duty bailiff working at a jai-alai fronton Tuesday night spotted a convicted swindler and enlisted the aid of a lawman to make the arrest.
It seems to us that these two incidents cast light on the always ticklish role of off-duty police working for private employers.