Justice Department to Probe Miami Police Shootings

MIAMI (AP) — Federal officials are planning a civil investigation into whether Miami police violated the civil rights of seven African-American suspects who were fatally shot over an eight-month span.

A press conference to announce the investigation is set for Thursday morning at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami.

The Miami Herald reports the U.S. Justice Department probe will examine Miami police policies and training involving deadly force.

The shootings spanned from July 2010 to February 2011. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office is currently reviewing the cases.

The Herald reports this marks the second time in a decade that federal authorities have investigated alleged violations of constitutional rights by Miami police.

Source: Miami Herald, Associated Press