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Shot & shunned, victims suing Miami Beach over cops’ gunfire during last year’s Urban Beach Week
MIAMIHERALD.COM ^ | BY JULIE K. BROWN

Posted on 05/24/2012 10:10:23 AM PDT by dennisw

It is Memorial Day weekend one year later, but four innocent bystanders wounded when Miami Beach police sprayed a car with gunfire still have no answers.

They don’t know who shot them, although they presume it was police, since officers discharged more than 100 bullets on a busy Beach street. They don’t know if anyone will ever be held accountable. They don’t know if they will ever receive compensation — or even help with their steep medical bills.

Now, one of those wounded victims has sued the city of Miami Beach for negligence, while four others have joined together to file a public-records lawsuit demanding ballistics results and other key evidence. That second lawsuit, which is expected to be filed Thursday, accuses the agencies involved of deliberately withholding the records in an effort to cover up responsibility.

The plaintiffs, all of whom say they sustained permanent injuries, ultimately want compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering.

But with the investigation into the incident still pending a year later, they are no closer to learning who shot them or why officers felt compelled to discharge over 115 bullets in a single confrontation during Urban Beach Week, the annual hip-hop-fuled gathering that returns to Miami Beach this weekend.

Sarah Garcia, 25, was shot twice in the chaos last year, which was sparked when a squadron of police officers, some of them with fully automatic weapons, shot and killed a suspect they believed was armed and dangerous.

Garcia, who lives in Naples, had made the three-hour drive with friends, and had arrived in Miami Beach just a short time before the shooting began about 4 a.m. on May 30. She and her friends were strolling and taking in the scene.

“I heard a bunch of gunshots go off and everybody was running and screaming,” she said. “I got down on the ground and covered my head and then realized I was shot in my leg and my arm. I think I was in a state of shock.’’

Both bullets tore through her limbs and doctors had to insert plates and screws into her arm. Garcia, a patient liaison at Naples Community Hospital, had to use a wheelchair for three months and has not been able to work since.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
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1 posted on 05/24/2012 10:10:27 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw

So someone gets shot and the cops haven’t done ballistics to see if the bullets came from the cops guns?


2 posted on 05/24/2012 10:13:17 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

It is quite possible that the bullets were not recovered. They could have passed through the limb and therefore not be available for testing.


3 posted on 05/24/2012 10:19:53 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: driftdiver

Hmmmm.. The cops seem to drag their feet when investigating the Long Island serial murders too.. Cop did it!


4 posted on 05/24/2012 10:26:50 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: dennisw

I’m adding “Anything with ‘Urban’ in its title” to my “Events never to be within fifty miles of” list.


5 posted on 05/24/2012 10:30:12 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: dennisw
"Sarah Garcia, 25, was shot twice in the chaos last year"

I have never been shot in the chaos but am told it hurts!
6 posted on 05/24/2012 10:35:06 AM PDT by askrenr (HOOAH! It's an Army thing.)
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To: taxcontrol

For all of the bullets? Four people are shot and they aren’t trying to figure out who did it?


7 posted on 05/24/2012 10:37:09 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
So someone gets shot and the cops haven’t done ballistics to see if the bullets came from the cops guns?

hmmmmmm....something doesn't smell right about this article.

Cops armed with automatic weapons fire 115 rounds into, or at least near, a crowd? Even the most vehement cop hater on FR would say... "Really? Geez, that's excessive."

Of course, the "journalist" is probably wrong. Or might have an axe to grind. Or both.

8 posted on 05/24/2012 10:39:47 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

I’d wager the ‘fully automatic’ part is bunk but the number of rounds seems fairly consistent with numerous other stories, if I recall correctly.

The video I remember seeing had a massive crowd so its consistent as well.


9 posted on 05/24/2012 10:47:22 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: dennisw

So four of Holder’s people run over a cop and then speed away, hitting several other cars.

Not a good idea in any city.


10 posted on 05/24/2012 11:08:12 AM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the White House)
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To: driftdiver

Every firearms instructor I know stresses the fact that “You are morally, ethically, and LEGALLY responsible for every single bullet that leaves your gun. Period.”

Unless you’re a cop. Then you can spray lead where ever you feel like it apparently.


11 posted on 05/24/2012 11:14:36 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: askrenr

Which hurts more, to be shot in the arse or shot in the chaos?


12 posted on 05/24/2012 11:17:56 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: Lurker

Its pretty scary what many seem willing to overlook.


13 posted on 05/24/2012 11:18:55 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Gabrial

These four people weren’t in the car. They were people on the street who happened to be in the cops line of fire.


14 posted on 05/24/2012 11:21:57 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: askrenr
I have never been shot in the chaos but am told it hurts!

I once kissed a girl on the veranda.

15 posted on 05/24/2012 11:31:40 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The best diplomat I know is a fully-activated phaser bank. - Montgomery Scott)
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To: Lurker

Jeff Cooper’s Rules of Gun Safety
Rule #4: Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.


16 posted on 05/24/2012 11:34:10 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The best diplomat I know is a fully-activated phaser bank. - Montgomery Scott)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I once dated a girl with acute angina:)


17 posted on 05/24/2012 11:35:29 AM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: dennisw

Urban Beach Week = Rural Mountain Week

for this cat.


18 posted on 05/24/2012 11:35:34 AM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I once kissed a girl on the veranda.

####

Inner or outer?


19 posted on 05/24/2012 11:37:05 AM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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To: dennisw

only a cop or a deranged criminal would shoot auto into a crowded situation. Only the cop would get away with it.


20 posted on 05/24/2012 12:01:35 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: driftdiver

Ahh. Thanks for the clarification.


21 posted on 05/24/2012 12:05:59 PM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the White House)
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To: dennisw

They used to come to Daytona every year and pull this same crap. Then they moved it to Miami.

Nothing’s changed except the venue.


22 posted on 05/24/2012 12:10:15 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The Democrat Ku Klux Klan is alive and well - Ogletree, Sharpton, Williams, Jackson)
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To: dennisw
Shot & stunned

Sounds like a hiphop group.

23 posted on 05/24/2012 12:27:38 PM PDT by mykroar (Romney: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Shows daily.)
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To: driftdiver
Got it.

I ,just watched a home video on YouTube of the shooting. The guy filming said the driver of the car had been shooting a gun from inside the car. When police approached the car, all hell broke loose. All shots were fired in a matter of about three seconds.

24 posted on 05/24/2012 12:27:59 PM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the White House)
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To: Gabrial

Major problem was they never found a gun in the car.


25 posted on 05/24/2012 12:33:31 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Police claimed to have found a Beretta 92FS in the car.

One of the controversies is that they found the gun three days after the shootings.


26 posted on 05/24/2012 12:47:21 PM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the White House)
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To: Gabrial

Was a gun found on any of these four people? Were they seen to be a threat to police? No


27 posted on 05/24/2012 1:29:27 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

I never said anything other than the police claimed they found a gun in the car.

All indications I have seen is the bystanders shot were innocent of any crime.

Witnesses have said 4 gunshots came from inside the car shortly before the cops opened fire with 115 gunshots.

Police claim the 92FS was found “hidden” on the floorboard of the car three days later.


28 posted on 05/24/2012 1:39:48 PM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the White House)
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To: Gabrial

Didnt mean to imply you did say that.

I don’t think the shoot was legit, having a firearm is not reason for summary execution. The video clearly shows he was stopped. Some nervous cop pulled the trigger and the rest of them let loose without regard for the people around the area.


29 posted on 05/24/2012 1:43:50 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
Agreed. 115 rounds fired at a suspect stopped in his vehicle is outlandish.

In my city bank robbers opened on a policeman in his patrol car with a full auto AK-47. The police did not return fire. They cornered the perps and actually let them steal a car and then followed them out of town. The State Police took them down with a roadblock and spike strips.

When questioned why they did not return fire when they had the perps cornered, the police said their job was to protect citizens and a two way gunfight in the city was not the best way to do that.

No one was hurt and all perps are in jail.

Extremely good police work, and very different from this story.

30 posted on 05/24/2012 3:33:35 PM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the White House)
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