On Memorial Day weekend in 2016, Miami-Dade Police tracked a stolen Mercedes-Benz SUV to a Burger King parking lot in Carol City. When they stopped the teenage driver, he threw the SUV in reverse, striking a cop car. Two of the officers fired into the vehicle, which fled the scene.
In the Mercedes' back seat, 15-year-old Jasmine
Two years later,
The case was filed late last month by Fort Lauderdale attorney Fred Fulmer. Neither Fulmer nor the Miami-Dade Police Department responded to requests for comment from New Times.
The two officers who shot
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Court records indicate that Johnson, the driver who fled the scene, was eventually charged with multiple crimes, including grand theft of a vehicle and resisting officers without violence. In January, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years of probation. Adjudication will be withheld if he complies with the terms of his probation.
"… Under all the circumstances, it appeared that the use of force was not necessary in order to apprehend the vehicle and suspect," the complaint says.
Miami-Dade Police have not yet filed a response in court. As of now, no hearings have been scheduled.