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Justice Department Probes Miami Police Shootings

November 17, 2011  | 

The Miami Police Department's policies, training and deployment practices will be scrutinized in a federal rights probe announced by the U.S. Justice Department today.

Acting Chief Manuel Orosa has cut the size of tactical units responsible for at least four of the seven fatal shootings of black men now under investigation, reports the Miami Herald.

The civil rights investigation will focus on allegations of excessive use of deadly force by Miami officers to determine if there are "systematic violations," according to a Justice Department release.

The Justice Department has launched similar probes of the Newark (N.J.) Police Department, Seattle Police Department, New Orleans Police Department, and the Portland Police Bureau.

Tags: Miami PD, External Investigations, Excessive Force


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Brandon @ 11/17/2011 8:40 PM

What a joke. Notice how civil rights investigations are started when minorities are "alleged" victims? Higher crime neighborhoods lead to more arrests and of course, more resistance. It just so happens minority neighborhoods are generally considered higher crime areas. Stats don't lie and race isn't the deciding factor. White populations have their neighborhoods too typically for the lower income earners. We need less lawyers and more cops in the DOJ and an actual cop as the attourney general and not a lawyer. John Stossil has a great theory on how lawyers are behind ruining the country.

Leonard Mather @ 11/17/2011 9:01 PM

We are dealing with set theory, probability and the normal curve. This is plenty hard enough for college students in a stat class, let alone Joe Public. When one deals with a set of people such as a locale where 90% are of a color or ethnic group, it is common sense that the arrests of perps, ne'er-do-wells and no-goodniks will be of that color or group. But that is asking a lot from those who are led by Sharpton, Jackson and his ilk. Washington DC changed its rules on acquiring a driver's license regarding being able to back up into a parking space. Why? Those who failed were mostly Black. (Hint: DC has a high % of Blacks). Nonethless, the test was deemed discriminatory. Yes, it discriminated against those who could not back up.

Randy Dixon Rivera @ 11/17/2011 9:57 PM

American Justice or FBI cover-up? http://www.change.org/petitions/american-justice-or-fbi-cover-up

Morning Eagle @ 11/18/2011 2:44 AM

This whole thing is racially driven by the openly racist people holder has purposely placed at the top of the DOJ civil rights division. Read "Injustice Exposing the Racial Agenda of the obama Justice Department” by J. Christian Adams and you will see the why and the who that is behind the launching of these types of so-called civil rights "investigations." I think we can expect to see some Miami PD officers be crucified before this is over. Adams was the DOJ attorney handling the New Black Panthers voter intimidation case that obama/holder dropped so precipitously after which Adams resigned in disgust.

Tom Ret @ 11/18/2011 7:42 AM

The investigation should be focused on Holder and company as it is they
who are obviously violating civil rights in this country.

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