U.S. Justice Dept. to Probe Miami Police Shootings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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