Activists are demanding answers from the City of Miami Beach over allegations its police department targets gay men.

Miami-based gay rights group SAVE Dade is calling on members of the gay community to attend a Tuesday, February 9 meeting at Miami Beach City Hall to “secure a firm commitment from police leadership to ensure that this matter is addressed with all the seriousness it deserves.”

Last week, the city took police officers Frankly Forte and Elliot Hazzi off patrol and assigned each to desk duty pending the results of an internal investigation.

Officials were responding to an American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLU) announcement on Wednesday of its intention to sue the city, Forte and Hazzi over a March 13, 2009 incident.

The civil rights group alleges the officers harassed and arrested Harold Strickland, a gay former Miami Beach resident, after he called 911 to report the beating of a gay man at the hands of the police officers as he lay handcuffed on the ground in Flamingo Park.

In his 911 call, Strickland says, “And they pushed this guy on the ground, the one cop did, and the other cop came up, as if he was kicking a football and kicked the guy in the head. Just some aggressive behavior going on and I'm not sure it's acceptable, to be honest.”

The officers arrested Strickland for loitering and prowling in the park, charges he pleaded no contest to, but which later were dropped.

The ACLU alleges the arresting officers yelled anti-gay slurs at Strickland as he was being booked, including multiple instances of calling him a “fucking fag.”