Relatives of three of the four armed robbers killed by Miami-Dade police in a controversial shooting have settled their wrongful-death lawsuits against the county for a total of $600,000, reports the Miami Herald. That has infuriated victims of the band of armed robbers, whom detectives say committed dozens of home invasions in which children were held at gunpoint and some residents were tortured in gruesome ways.
“I'm outraged that the families of these monsters who terrorized my children are going to be given taxpayer-funded prize money,” said one victim, Keri Lynda Horvat. The outrage adds another twist to the fallout from the June 2011 Miami-Dade police shooting that killed Roger Gonzalez-Valdez Sr., 52, Jorge Lemus, 39, Antonio Andrew, 36, and Rosendo Betancourt, 39. Betancourt had been working as an informant and helped detectives set up an undercover sting. But the plan to arrest them went awry, and in the confusion Miami-Dade's Special Response Team gunned them down.