Feds To Review Miami Police Shootings

Rep. Frederica Wilson Asks For Federal Investigation

MIAMI - The U.S. Justice Department is moving forward with a congresswoman's request for a federal review of the fatal shootings of seven black suspects by Miami police officers.

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., wrote Attorney General Eric Holder in February asking for a federal investigation.

In a letter dated Thursday, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich said the criminal and special litigation sections of the Civil Rights Division will "carefully review the information you have provided to determine what, if any, action is appropriate pursuant to their statutory authority."

The shootings of six men and one 16-year-old boy took place between July and February. The men were:

  • DeCarlos Moore, 36, on July 5
  • Joel Lee Johnson, 16, on Aug. 11
  • Gibson Belizaire, 21, on Aug. 14
  • Tarnorris Gaye, 19, on Aug. 20
  • Brandon Foster, 22, on Dec. 16
  • Lynn Weatherspoon, 27, on Jan. 1
  • Travis McNeil, 27, on Feb. 11

Police Chief Miguel Exposito has defended his officers.

The Miami State Attorney's Office is investigating each of the shootings. None of those reviews have been completed.

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