FOP Response to USDOJ Investigation of the City of Miami Police DepartmentJune 9, 2013
I have reviewed the 14 page report that was issued by the USDOJ Civil Rights Division. There isclearly a disconnect between the USDOJ and the reality of what our Miami Police Officersconfront on a daily basis.While there are many portions that we disagree with, the most troubling area of this report wasthe summary dealing with some shootings that the Miami Police Department found unjustified.The first case they speak about in this section involves Officer Goyos, who killed a motorist andwounded an unarmed passenger. Officer Goyos actions were completely justified. The USDOJstates that "had the MPD fully investigated the 2008 shooting, perhaps retraining or othercorrective action may have been taken which could have influenced whether the 2011 shootinghad to occur."That 2008 shooting they are referring to is a subject who aimed a loaded revolver at a policesergeant and was shot. Officer Goyos did not shoot in 2008. If the USDOJ is going to referencea case in such a highly publicized report, they should explain their logic. To a civilian who readstheir report, it gives the impression that the Miami Police Department is ran like the "wild, wildwest".In another shooting regarding a firearms discharge at a motor vehicle, the USDOJ stated that itwas extremely dangerous and the practice is prohibited by many police departments. TheOfficer in this shooting had witnessed an active shooter wounding a patron and discharging ahandgun towards a crowd. The shooter then got into a car and raced towards the police officer.In defense of himself and the nearby public, the officer shot at the subject's windshield. Pleasenote in this shooting there was even an independent witness who stated the subject wasaiming his gun (and firing at him) at the police officer when he tried to run him over. During thisexchange the subject made a 180 degree turn in his car, causing
round to hit the subject'srear window. It's not like the police officer discharged 20 rounds at a fleeing vehicle. Thechange in direction happened in a fraction of a second. As a police officer when you observe asubject shoot a civilian multiple times within a crowd, and then jump in a car and aim a gun atyou, any reasonable person would defend themselves.