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Continued: US finds Miami police pattern of excessive force used in shootings of suspects from 2008-11

  • Article by: CURT ANDERSON , AP Legal Affairs Writer
  • Last update: July 9, 2013 - 2:30 PM

—Police shooting investigations are inadequate and often don't probe deeply enough into whether officers had non-lethal options available. In some cases, the physical shooting scene wasn't preserved properly.

The 2002 Justice Department probe began after 13 Miami police officers were indicted in conspiracy charges for planting evidence, including guns, to undermine investigations into four officer-involved shootings. Although the latest cases are not that egregious, Civil Rights Division investigators said, many of the same institutional problems were found both times.

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