Miami Police shootings: Ex-FBI chief lumps dogs in with people

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

It was a recent Tuesday night in an Overtown community center, and McNeil had come to hear a presentation by Paul Philip, an ex-FBI chief hired to investigate the Miami 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.

Philip didn't respond to multiple messages seeking comment. Christina Fernandez, a spokeswoman for the city, says the report's 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 said he believes 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.

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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Gamalr
Gamalr

I agree with some of the comments. BUT CMON you dont compare apples to oragens in this case dogs shot vs humans

Jizo
Jizo

Wow !

What a bunch of horseshit. I cant believe that idiots report.

Mr. Phillips, do you even know how to spell analysis?

That reject needs a new job, perhaps something along the line of jizz mopper at a peep show.

mimi
mimi

you are all a bunch of fools crime is every where i personally think cops have a hard job a scary job damned if they do damned if they dont. Hialeah Police Dept is excellent they are very visible i like that Good Job guys keep up the good work

KOS
KOS

Oh please, you want the streets to get cleaned up, but nobody takes a stance within the community. The politicans make a big brew-Ha-Ha, but they offer no solutions. You cant help those who are not willing to help themselves. Then the cops try to help, but everyone cries because a black man got shot by a cop. So let appoint a black police cheif, that way when too many 'WHITES' get shot we can protest. You idiots, the cops have to defend themselves.

kong
kong

new world order beware it is inevitable unless we take a stand!

greg
greg

Just bide your time, our so called roll models force one set of rules while making up another set of rules to suit their own agenda. But our little roll models should keep one very important thought in their heads. We the public are not the ones being shot at.

fivo50
fivo50

Do the math! If 5 were dogs, then 7 were people! Why isn't any media writing that huh? I gues pitty for the poor black criminal sells. Btw, to date 54 police have dies in the line of duty...

Tim Riley
Tim Riley

Ms McNeil's your son was a dog, a monster that wen around raping women and selling drugs. Matter of face he is worse than a dog. A sub human parasite that gladly is not here breathing good air. Ms McNeil's why don't you go and tell all your black sisters to stop making babies for welfare checks, go to school, get an education and give black children the gift of life. Not the gift of ghettos, welfare, ignorance, crime and misery. Stop blaming whitey and stop making monsters....

Iuzzolth
Iuzzolth

@FIVO50 : Let's start with stating I have a great respect for all law enforcement. However I do not for any individuals who work for a department that, without a doubt, have gotten away with murder. Whether it be under the direction of their current moron Chief Exposito and moron Mayor Regalado or under a past moron, is irrelevant. Second, with words like "gues", "pitty", "btw" and "dies", I gather that English Grammar is not your strong point. Which, I have heard, is not a requirement for joining the City of Miami Police Department anyway. I see the way they act and the way they perform in the field and I can truly say I have never seen a more incompetent police department. Feel free to respond with any questions or concerns.

Picky Eater
Picky Eater

@luzzolth: first, why don't you read the intent of the comments, as pointed out by fivo50, it appears the same number of people were shot under both administrations, the fact that the investigation included the shooting of animals makes me wonder the true intent of the report, which I believe is what the article is about. Next, please review the shootings in question, in most cases the facts seem to support the police department and not the criminals. I am reminded of the woman who's son was shot when he ambushed two police officers who were serving a warrant on him for murder. His mother kept telling everyone her son was a "good boy" BULLSHIT, he was a criminal, a felon and sadly he managed to take out 2 cops before being taken out by brave law enforcement officers who risked their lives to try and defend people like you, who only say they respect law enforcement when it seems like the right thing to say but in the end are more apt to take the word of a criminal over an officer. You wouldn't know an incompetent police department from an incompetent ice cream truck so save your grand standing.

Iuzzolth
Iuzzolth

@PickyEater: A very inept argument but if you had read my comment stating "I respect law enforcement but not INDIVIDUALS who represent a department who has gotten away with murder". It is not the entire department's fault that they were trained to do what they do. No doubt this is a dangerous city but they have acted aggressively and unprofessionally in many instances where it was not necessary. And in objection to your probable asumption, I live in a very safe neighborhood with very little crime and have still witnessed unprofessionalism. And may I ask you what an "incompetent ice cream truck" is supposed to mean as an insult? I would love to figure it out, maybe if you said "Incompentent Miami Dade Commission" I would have gathered what you were trying to say. Feel free to comment with any questions or concerns.

 
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