Miami, FL (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department is investigating
whether Miami police violated the civil rights of seven African-American suspects fatally shot by officers in an eight-month span.
The federal probe was announced Thursday in Miami.
Officials say the probe will focus on whether there was a "pattern or practice" within the Miami Police Department that led to violations of constitutional rights. The investigation is not criminal in nature.
The shootings took place in inner-city Miami from July 2010 to
February 2011. They sparked outrage in the Africa-American
community and led to protests at City Hall. The NAACP and American
Civil Liberties Union -- among others -- demanded a federal
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