Feds End Oversight of Miami PD

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More than a decade after a string of deadly police shootings of Black suspects, the  Department of Justice has formally ended its monitoring of the city of Miami Police Department, reports the Miami Herald. The decision to end a settlement agreement over excessive use of force stemming from the shootings comes two years after the DOJ’s hand-picked monitor had pronounced the city’s police force in compliance. In 2016, Miami and the DOJ agreed to a monitoring settlement after federal investigators determined that Miami police had engaged in a pattern of excessive use of deadly force, particularly over an eight-month period a decade ago in which police shot and killed seven black men. The parties approved the agreement in order to avoid federal courts and costs. DOJ demanded that Miami police improve training and supervision for its officers and included provisions related to officer-involved shootings, the operation of specialized units and community engagement. The city spent more than two years negotiating the terms before reaching a settlement agreement with DOJ.

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