Paul Philip's Report Seems to Equate Dog Shootings With People Shootings

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​Sheila McNeil couldn't believe what she was seeing printed in black-and-white.

It was a recent Tuesday night at an Overtown community center, and McNeil had come to hear a presentation by Paul Philip, an ex-FBI chief hired by the City of Miami to investigate the Police Department's fatal shootings of seven black men since last summer. McNeil's son Travis was the most recent to die by a police bullet, and it was her first chance to meet Philip, a man she hoped would hold the department accountable.

So she was surprised when he announced that his research showed that under current Chief Miguel Exposito, police weren't shooting more often than they had under ex-Chief John Timoney.

Then she saw his report.

The first entry in Timoney's section read, "Dog Shot by Officer." So did the second. And the eighth. And the tenth.

"It was crazy to see him even associate the life of a person with the life of a dog," McNeil says.

It's not clear what Philip was driving at with the report -- he didn't respond to multiple messages from Riptide seeking comment. Christina Fernandez, a spokeswoman for the city, says its aim was "to capture information regarding each time a Miami Police officer fired his or her weapon in 2009, 2010 and 2011."

But in a March 22 interview with the New York Times, Philip echoed his view that statistics show Exposito's cops aren't shooting more often. "The data seems to support the chief," Philip told the paper.

Indeed, the report Philip handed to McNeil showed that Timoney's cops fired weapons 13 times in his last year on the job, while Expo's boys have fired 14 times.

But the report begs the question: Doesn't it matter who -- or what -- they're shooting at?

Timoney's officers shot five dogs, while Exposito's killed seven men. (All black, incidentally, and all in Allapattah, Little Haiti, and Overtown.)

McNeil says she was shocked by the report -- and worried by its implications.

"When he opened his mouth, his whole demeanor said he was there for the City of Miami," she says. "He's supposed to be an unbiased investigator. But he's not."

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Truth to power
Truth to power

Why doesn't Paul Philips speak up and tell black families to teach their kids to stay in school and study?

Why shouldn't cops get to defend themselves?

Crime is ignored
Crime is ignored

Not enough blacks are complaining about blacks killing blacks. Many murders never even make the papers.

Nojstc
Nojstc

It's the same old story not just here in miami but nationwide. Why is it that it is the black male that is shot by the police moreso than the white male. Everywhere. The answer lies in the upbringing, the environment, the music, the drugs and finally the disrespect for human life. I mean their own as well as the lives of those who live in the ghetto. If you dont believe this just drive into liberty city around midnight...park your car....get out of your car and listen to the gunfire. If you are lucky you will be able to leave without being accosted. There are many more deserving homicide victims who are true victims who have not and will not get the publicity surrounding their deaths. We call this the silent majority. There are far more of those victims than there are of police involved shootings. Until the politicians change, until the blacks quit ripping each other off....JESCA and other organizations, and the blacks start taking a stand against the real thugs.....many more black criminals will be shot and killed and many more innocent blacks will also suffer this fate. Just read the headlines and watch the news over the next few days....murder and mayhem. Hope and change. How is that going.

Where is the outrage?
Where is the outrage?

Where aren't black people outraged when blacks kill blacks? Why aren't black people advocating for the ban on assault rifles?

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

The racist Miami PD will never learn from their past mistakes. Its such a shame that this department is really that ignorant even today even after the riots in the 80s. I have no respect for these pigs.

DrO12
DrO12

MIAMI NEW TIMES WHY MUST YOU PUBLISH OPINIONS OF IGNORANT PEOPLE???? GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT AND YOU WILL BE RESPECTED AS A COLUMNIST AND NOT JUST SOME NATIONAL ENQUIRE! WHATS NEXT, A COLUMN ON A CITIZEN WHO CLAIMS HE/SHE WAS ABDUCTED AND IS NOW HOLDING AN ALIEN BABY?!?!?

DrO12
DrO12

well when you act like a dog you should be compared to one....maybe they arent shooting citizens in brickell or coconut grove because people actually LISTEN and RESPECT police officers in these areas and dont try to run away or pull guns out....or have rap sheets that include violent crimes, drugs, etc....real top citizens of our community...such good boys right?

DrO12
DrO12

I TOTALLY AGREE! There is way to much black on black crime that is not televised! IVE SEEN IT MYSELF WHICH IS WHY I MOVED AREAS!

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

So what you are saying is that a human being should be compared to an animal? You sir are a racist person. I have no pity for you either. You need to be taught a straight lesson.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Or maybe its because simply they are white. Don't give me this sh!t. There are tons of people (white) in Brickell and the Grove that disobey the law. You must be blind if you don't see it. You need to get that level of hate of your shoulders.

Dfghh
Dfghh

You would have to be a moron to actually believe what you wrote. However, more likely, you are just trying to be sensationalistic. It's a simple breakdown of when officers fired their weapons. It included accidental discharges, people who were shot at and missed, people who were shot and survived, people shot and killed, and yes, dogs shot. Seems like a pretty reasonable way of formatting the statistics to me. If he hadn't included the times when officers shot at dogs, or if he had put it in a generic "other" category then you would be complaining about the lack of transparency in the stats.

Steph
Steph

You're doing exactly what your bitching this guy out for. He didn't say anything about race. It seems to me that he was referring to social-economic status. You might want to slow it down and think before you start running off at the mouth.

DrO12
DrO12

first off mathew, who said ANYTHING BOUT RACE?! SURELY WASNT ME! YOU ARE SO IGNORANT! I MYSELF AM AN AFRICAN AMERICAN AND LIVE IN CORAL GABLES! You are the one insinuating that i was referring to race just because i mentioned brickell and grove, you must think only white people can afford to live there...idiot dont assume young kid! I grew up in miami gardens and can say I KNOW HOW THE "GHETTO" IS! DONT PREACH TO THE CHOIR KENDALL WHITE BOY!

Tim Elfrink
Tim Elfrink

Sorry, Dfghh, but everything in the story is accurate: Families of the men killed by Miami PD were insulted that Philip composed the report in a way that seemed to give equal weight to dog shootings. (And if you don't think that's the conclusion he drew from the report, check out his quotes to the NY Times.)If you want to disagree with that families, go for it, but it's not sensationalism to report their reaction to Philip's conclusions. Personally, I don't think it's outrageous to suggest that he compare apples to apples: That is, police shooting at and killing people. How is it relevant to Philip's investigation how many dogs were shot at under John Timoney? I'm still trying to figure that out.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

First of all, I am not from Kendall so get that straight. I no longer live in Miami and glad to say so. Second, you sound like a huge uncle tom. I feel sorry for you. And I wouldn't call all of Miami Gardens a "ghetto". I drove through MG and it didn't look like a hood to me. Shut the hell up you punk***.

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