News and Document archive source
copyrighted material disclaimer at bottom of page

NewsMinesecurityprison-incarcerationplanting-guns — Viewing Item

Miama accused coverups { January 5 2003 }

Original Source Link: (May no longer be active)
11 Miami Officers Accused Of Planting Guns, Cover-Ups
Trial Set To Begin Monday
POSTED: 11:49 a.m. EST January 5, 2003

MIAMI -- The trial of eleven Miami police officers accused of planting guns and covering up each other's crimes during the late 1990s is set to begin Monday.

Two other officers have pleaded guilty and are touted as the star witnesses against the other eleven defendants in the corruption trial.

Miami's latest police scandal is the city's worst since the 1980s when the so-called "Miami River Cops" stole cocaine from drug traffickers and sold the drug themselves. Three drug boat guards drowned when they jumped into the Miami River to avoid the uniformed officers and more than one-hundred officers were arrested, fired or disciplined.

There has been community outrage over the four shootings spotlighted in the indictment from 1995 to 1997 and a total of 33 police killings in the past dozen years. Voters approved a civilian oversight board and members are about to be named.

A jury will hear about four shootings that left three blacks dead, one wounded and one uninjured. Prosecutors say the guns were planted in all four cases.

But an attorney for two of the indicted officers says the shootings were justified based on use of force and deadly force laws on the books.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

11 above law { January 22 2003 }
11 accused corruption { January 22 2003 }
Miama accused coverups { January 5 2003 }
Miami trial 11 officers
Officers coverups { January 6 2003 }

Files Listed: 5


CIA FOIA Archive

National Security
Support one-state solution for Israel and Palestine Tea Party bumper stickers JFK for Dummies, The Assassination made simple