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Tell the Justice Department to Investigate Miami Police for Killing Black Men

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During an eight-month period ending in February, Miami Police have killed seven black men. Two of those killed were reportedly unarmed. And that’s not the only shocker. In just nine days last August, one officer killed two people. What’s more is that the killings appear to be racially tinged since each victim was African American, and each of the officers who killed them is Latino. 

In light of the series of shootings, the victims’ family members, a reverend, two city commissioners and Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson are calling for action to be taken against the Miami Police—from Police Chief Miguel Exposito to step down to the Justice Department to investigate.

“There is a wide range of growing concern in the community regarding the apparent lack of communication and response to these incidents by the City of Miami Police Department,” Rep. Wilson said. 

The family of Travis McNeil is a case in point. On Feb. 10. Miami Police fatally shot McNeil, even though the 28-year-old motorist was unarmed and never left the driver’s seat during his exchange with officers.  McNeil’s cousin Kareem Williams, who was a passenger in McNeil’s rental car when an on officer pulled them over, says the policeman started firing without saying a word. According to the McNeil family, police have yet to take a statement from Williams about what he witnessed.

Travis McNeil was the latest black man to be killed by Miami Police. Demand that the police department is investigated before another fatality occurs!

 



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