Prosecutors Clear Miami Officer in Shooting Death of DeCarlos Moore

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Chief Miguel Exposito's force was cleared in the shooting.
On July 5 last year, Miami Police Officer Joseph Marin fired a single shot into the head of a 36-year-old, unarmed man named DeCarlos Moore during a traffic stop in Overtown. Moore's death touched off a firestorm that has escalated in past ten months as MPD officers have killed six more black men in separate shootings.

Today, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle closed her investigation into Moore's death, ruling that Marin was justified because Moore reached into his car and likely grabbed a tin foil pouch of crack rocks that could have been mistaken for a gun.

Rundle spent several hours meeting with Moore's family this afternoon before announcing the results of the investigation.

We've embedded the full 18-page report below, but in essence Rundle agreed with Marin and his partner, Vionna Browne-Williams, that they had reason to fear for their lives during their encounter with Moore.

The pair stopped Moore just before noon at NW Third Avenue and 16th Terrace because they believed the Honda Accord he was driving might have been stolen.

Moore at first listened to Marin's directions by leaving his car and walking toward the police officers. But halfway to the cruiser, he spun around, ran back to his car, and reached inside. When he turned toward the officers, Marin fired the single shot that killed him.

Rundle's report adds new details to the scene. When reinforcements arrived, they found 23 crack rocks next to Moore's body, packaged in "glassine baggies with a 'Batman' logo" and wrapped in a ball of foil the size of a fist. They also found nearly 28 grams of marijuana in his car.

Although witnesses later told investigators different stories -- including at least one who said Moore was shot in the back of the head -- Rundle ruled that the physical evidence at the scene backed Marin's version of the story.

The officer likely saw the balled-up foil in Moore's hand, thought it was a gun, and fired, Rundle says, in which case he was justified in shooting.

"Crime scene investigators recovered a crumpled, balled piece of aluminum foil containing crack cocaine rocks," the report concludes. "We cannot forensically link that balled-up foil to Mr. Moore; however it is a very reasonable proposition that the balled-up foil was the metallic object referred to in Officer Marin's [report]."

Here's Rundle's report:

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6 comments
Bobby Rainwater
Bobby Rainwater

PEOPLE OF MIAMI PLEASE BEWARE! Police Officers can shoot you and not even have to make a statement as to why.  They obviously can hide behind the 5th amendment and don't have to answer to anyone.

Disobey and get killed
Disobey and get killed

Overtown and Liberty City would be way safer if everyone knew the Official Police Policy."Shoot first and ask questions later."

"Disobey and get killed"

Obey or die
Obey or die

Overtown residents should learn to obey orders from Police.

Disobey and die.

Commit crimes and get shot.

Ryan McGrath
Ryan McGrath

Just goes to show you: If you're a smart cop, you'll keep a few rocks on you at all times. You never know when you might shoot someone innocent next and need an excuse.

A_Constant_Reader
A_Constant_Reader

There was nothing innocent about DeCarlos Moore.

You sir, are no coubt an involuntary participant of the criminal justice system, and an idiot.

Kingsol1563
Kingsol1563

A_Constant_Reader are you for real?  Since when was it okay for officers to shoot unarmmed citizens.  

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