It was one of the bloodiest moments in Miami-Dade police history: a drug sting in which four robbers were mowed down by cops in a mango grove in the Redland. The controversial June 30, 2011 operation was the subject of a New Times investigation last summer. Now it's also the subject of a lawsuit.
Incredibly, the Redland bloodbath wasn't the first time Andrew was shot. He had been hit in the head by a stray bullet on a basketball court when he was 12 years old.
"His body was like a bullet pail," funeral director Lori Hadley Davis says. "He had more wounds than you could close up. There wasn't a spot on him that wasn't shot: his chest, abdomen, and head."
At the time the Defendant Officers shot Andrew, he did not pose an immediate
threat of death or physical harm to any of the officers as Andrew was attempting to run away, did
not raise his firearm and did not discharge a bullet.At the time the Defendant Officers shot Andrew, there was no reasonable grounds
to believe Andrew was about to commit a violent felony.At the time the Defendant Officers shot Andrew, Andrew had no idea these
shooters were police officers and, in reasonably fearing for his own safety, Andrew ignored the
commands by the officers to go to ground, instead opting to flee the scene. Andrew's belief that
these officers were armed drug dealers was the result of information provided by the police to [Rosendo] Betancourt while he was acting as a confidential informant.The use of deadly force by the Defendant Officers to prevent the escape of
Andrew was constitutionally unreasonable and violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment
of the United States Constitution.
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