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Wrongful Death Suit Against Miami Police Department

Thursday, May 23, 2013    Written by:     Categories: Wrongful Death    Tags: ,

The family of a 22-year-old man, fatally shot 16 times by Miami police during a hip-hop festival 2 years ago, is filing a wrongful death suit against the police department.

According to Reuters:

Officers fired more than 100 shots at the vehicle of Raymond Herisse after police said he was driving erratically and refused an officer’s request to pull over during Miami Beach’s Urban Beach Weekend, according to police records.

Held every Memorial Day Weekend, the festival hosts hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country.

Attorney for the family, Marwan Porter says that the officers responded with, “excessive force” and criticized them for failing to release pertinent information after the shooting occurred, saying, “”Why did the officers feel that day it was necessary to utilize that type of force?” Porter asked. “It took us almost two years to even get basic information that we were entitled to determine what happened.”

According to Reuters:

Prosecutors are investigating the killing and have yet to determine whether the officers were justified in using lethal force. Four bystanders were also injured when police opened fire.

Police initially said they believed Herisse fired gunshots from his car. Officials found a gun under a seat in his vehicle, but a gunshot residue test indicated Herisse had not fired the weapon, according to an autopsy report.

An amateur video had been taking of the incident, reflecting Herisse’s speeding car coming to a halt before police took fire.

The wrongful death suit was filed against the police departments of the cities of Miami Beach and Hialeah and also against city officials. It seeks unspecified damages for Herisse’s death.

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