Four officers convicted in Miami corruption

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Four veteran Miami police officers were convicted yesterday in federal court of covering up police shooints. It was the police department’s “largest and most politically charged corruption case in decades,” the Miami Herald reported. Three officers were acquitted, and the jury deadlocked on four others–meaning a likely retrial. The case involved accusations of conspiring to plant guns on unarmed suspects or lying about shootings between 1995 and 1997. Jurors interviewed by The Herald said the evidence was overwhelming. Police Chief John Timoney, who took over on the trial’s first day, said the convicted officers, who will be sentenced Aug. 22, will be fired. The four officers facing retrials will remain off duty with pay.


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