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Miami suburb sued for aggressive police tactics, racial profiling

Published on Dec 4, 2013 6:51 AM

MIAMI (REUTERS) - The mayor and police department of a predominantly black Miami suburb have been hit with a federal civil rights lawsuit over the alleged use of aggressive police tactics, including stop-and-frisk searches and arbitrary arrests, targeting African Americans.

The 144-page lawsuit was filed in United States (US) District Court last Friday against the City of Miami Gardens.

It followed a report in the Miami Herald newspaper last month alleging a long history of police abuse and racial profiling in the crime-plagued suburb, located on the northern outskirts of Miami.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are led by Mr Ali ADeThe suit Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III, the lead defendant in the lawsuit, did not immediately return phone calls or an email from Reuters seeking comment on the complaint.

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