Families of Seven Men Killed in Police Shootings Speak At Commission Meeting Today

Categories: Crime, Politicks
Willa Mae Reed cries when she remembers the last time she saw her grandson, Tarnorris Tyrell Gaye. "He said he was getting a haircut, and he kissed me goodbye," Reed tells Riptide. "I still got a lot of questions about what happened next."

Gaye was shot and killed by Miami police in December -- one of seven black men killed by the force since last summer. The families of those men will ask the Miami City Commission today to back the firing of Chief Miguel Exposito, adding heat to a department put in a national spotlight by the New York Times this week.

The plea by family members at City Hall will add to a chorus that already includes Commissioner Richard Dunne, U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson and numerous activists who say that Exposito's cops have used unnecessary force in Miami's black neighborhoods.

The families expect to speak around 5 or 6 p.m., says Brian Dennis, executive director of community group Brothers of the Same Mind.

Marc Sarnoff has also invited Paul Philip, the ex-FBI chief hired by the city to audit the department, to speak. Philip caused a stir by backing the chief in his week's New York Times story on the shootings.

Reed says she wants more answers from police, who have refused to turn over records related to the shootings to a civilian oversight board.

"I have no problem with police, but we deserve to know what really happened," she says.

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Criminals kill innocent kids
Criminals kill innocent kids

This is textbook Darwinism. The stupid and weak will get shot and killed by police.

Why do criminals shoot into their neighbors homes?


The black community really needs to look at themselves and see what they can do to stay out of these situations in general. If you get shot and killed by a cop, you usually put yourself and the police in a very iffy place to begin with. Man up, behave like a real citizen and quit blaming others when you are the one Fing around.


You sound like a true Miami idiot who has been taking in too much sun.A victim of police murder needs to be careful as to not put the police in a difficult situation.You sound like the parent who blames the child who has been raped for putting the rapist in the most difficult situation of having to rape the child.You are a sick individual my friend


How many times have you been in a situation where a cop had a gun pointed at you? It's pretty rare unless you are causing trouble.


Last night. This is true. No guns but I was hassled. I was just walking on a deserted road. It happens very often to me. I thought about you. Anyway sorry about the reaction yesterday.

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