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Miami Beach Cops Ordered to Release Records From Memorial Day Shootout

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Police surround Raymond Herisse's car after firing more than 100 rounds.
On Memorial Day Weekend in 2011, Miami Beach police killed a Palm Beach man named Raymond Herisse in a hail of more than 115 bullets, wounding five bystanders in a terrifying scene caught on camera. Two years later, those shootings victims are still trying to figure out what happened that day.

Now a judge has ordered MBPD to turn over some of the records from the shootout, including 911 calls and video recordings.

See also:
- Three Cops Hurt, Multiple Bystanders Wounded In South Beach Urban Beach Weekend Shootouts
- Memorial Day Police Shooting Victims Are Suing Miami Beach

The shooting happened around 4 a.m. May 30, 2011, after police say Herisse tried to hit them with his car. In response, officers unleashed more than 115 rounds into Herisse's vehicle near 14th Street and Collins Avenue, killing him on the spot.

Nearby apartment residents caught the firefight on camera, and the footage played heavily on CNN for days afterward:



Those bullets didn't just hit Herisse, though; two nailed a 25-year-old Naples hospital employee named Sarah Garcia in the leg and arm, leaving her wheelchair-bound for more than a year. Four others were hit in the leg, chest, and elsewhere.

Last year, those who were shot, plus Herisse's family, filed a civil suit against MBPD alleging the department refused to turn over evidence about the shooting to the families.

Miami-Dade Judge Victoria Sigler agreed in part yesterday, ordering cops to hand over the recordings and autopsy reports, but she also ruled that the bulk of evidence from the case can remain secret until the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office finishes its investigation.

"There was ample testimony and evidence of this investigation being unnecessarily stalled," L. Elijah Stiers, an attorney representing a wounded bystander, tells the Miami Herald.

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13 comments
Frank Castle
Frank Castle

south beach should stop urban weekend, its more harm then good

dpicardat
dpicardat

Judge Sigler, Touche' !!! The fruits of the investigation were known a long time ago and why make families suffer as they yearn for answers.

RD Swartz
RD Swartz

115 shots???????? WTF!!!!!!!!! Over done!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jimi Santoli
Jimi Santoli

Jen, many businesses close during that weekend.

internetinternet
internetinternet

Officers are negligent in standing in the middle of the street during this event.

All vehicles during this event pass within inches of officers posted in the medians.  

The suspect was most likely wounded a block away when the incident began.  

When multiple officers shot it is impossilbe for the cornorner to determine which bullet was fatal.

No officers will be charged in the exicution of the suspect do to 12 different weapons being used.

Multiple officers discharging weapons is a legal defense tactic (nobody can be charged in the death).


Firip Onitsuka
Firip Onitsuka

The title sounds like conspiracy theory. Doesn't the New Times make fun of conspiracy theorists?

Johnny Morris
Johnny Morris

Police have a difficult job, but this shooting should have been independently invistigated and made public a long time ago

Meesh Kachian
Meesh Kachian

this weekend is retarded, but so are the MBPD employees. terrorizing the community for years... more dangerous than any criminal out there. 115 shots? is this a war game? go shoot 115 times at where your bratty cop children play or sleep in Miramar or Plantation...

Jen Die
Jen Die

^^^WHY? is it because it's urban, why don't you go tell that to the shops, restaurants and million of dollars it brings..

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

@Meesh Kachian Hey man, don't worry, there was zero chance that you could get shot there if you were inside your home. Just too many bodies walking around on the streets created that inpentrable barrier, a 9 mm has only so much penetrating power.

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