Judge to Monitor Miami Police in Pact With DOJ On Excessive Use of Force


For the first time, a federal judge will monitor the Miami Police Department to enforce sweeping institutional changes involving use of force, after the U.S. Justice Department found several police-involved shootings unjustified during a four-year period, reports the Miami Herald. The Justice Department took the unprecedented step after reviewing 33 police shootings, including seven black men killed in the inner city, in a lengthy civil rights investigation of Miami police practices from 2008 through 2011. 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, and “may have resulted from tactical and training deficiencies.” Former Police Chief Miguel Exposito, who was in charge during much of the timeframe in question, said the findings failed to reflect the realities of policing high-crime areas of the inner-city.

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