For the first time ever, a federal judge will monitor the Miami Police Department to help prevent its officers from using excessive force after the U.S. Justice Department Tuesday found that several police-involved shootings were unjustified during a four-year period.

Justice took the unprecedented step after reviewing 33 police shootings of individuals—including the fatalities of seven black men in the inner city—as part of a lengthy civil rights investigation of Miami police practices.

Federal officials agreed with the police department’s own findings that three of the 33 shootings were “unjustified,” but concluded that an unspecified number of others involved excessive force, too.

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