[Hpn] FBI indicts 13 Miami police officers in shooting cover-ups / FL USA (fwd)

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Sun, 9 Sep 2001 11:56:00 -0700 (PDT)


The FBI said the investigations also involved gun "throw-down"
cases involving ..... the wounding of a HOMELESS MAN who
officers said was holding a weapon to the head of a friend.
It actually was a small radio.

http://www.nola.com/newsflash/index.ssf?/cgi-free/getstory_ssf.cgi?a0577_BC_Miam
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FBI: 13 MIAMI POLICE OFFICERS CHARGED IN SHOOTING COVER-UPS

                     By CATHERINE WILSON
                     The Associated Press
                     9/7/01 12:15 PM

MIAMI (AP) -- Thirteen current and former Miami police officers
were named in an indictment unsealed Friday alleging they helped
cover up wrongdoing in police shootings.

Two have entered pleas to charges in the indictment, and one of
the officers was a former chief's assistant, federal prosecutors
said.

Five officers were arrested at the Miami Police Department. They
were summoned to the chief's office early Friday and relieved of
their duty, badges and weapons, the FBI said.

Two other former officers were arrested at their homes, and four
others were expected to surrender, FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela
said.

The arrests expanded on a March indictment charging five Miami
SWAT officers with conspiracy to obstruct justice for allegedly
lying to investigators after a 73-year-old man was killed in a hail
of 123 bullets during a 1996 drug raid.

Shots narrowly missed his 14-year-old granddaughter. Police said
the man fired first. No drugs were found in the house, but some
were found outside a window.

The FBI said the investigations also involved gun "throw-down"
cases involving the fatal shootings of two young black men after a
smash-and-grab purse snatching on a downtown expressway ramp, a
fatal inner-city shooting and the wounding of a homeless man who
officers said was holding a weapon to the head of a friend. It
actually was a small radio.

Although it involves 13 present and former officers, all members
of SWAT teams or special crime-supression units, the scandal is
smaller than the "Miami River Cops" case that grew out of the
drownings of three drug-boats guards in the Miami River in 1985.

Two dozen Miami officers eventually were convicted of charges
that police formed their own drug-ripoff ring, and as many as 100
officers were disciplined in a wider review as the department put
its own under scrutiny.

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