Miami Police Dept. Under Investigation After Killings of 7 Black Men in 8 Months

This is a sobering story in the New York Times that's worth a fuller read. Apparently, the Miami police department is under scrutiny after a series of fatal shootings by officers on the job: A major meeting is being held today to discuss the issue, which has inflamed racial tensions. It hasn't helped that clips from an unmade pilot reality TV show featuring the cops has surfaced online, featuring them describing themselves as "predators" who "hunt" for suspects:

Mr. McNeil was the seventh African-American man to be shot and killed by Miami police officers in eight months. The shootings in this racially polarized city have led to marches on the Police Department’s headquarters and calls for a Justice Department investigation, and the city manager has initiated an investigation into the chief’s record.
After pushing for action for weeks, the families of the seven shooting victims will speak at a City Commission meeting on Thursday. Some families are demanding that Chief Exposito be dismissed.
AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at March 23, 2011, 3:43am

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