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Miami Cop Who Shot Unarmed Man In ‘Memorial Day Killing’ Rewarded With Promotion

Back in 2011, twelve Miami Beach Police Officers, including Officer Kenne Espada, shot at a supposed drunk driver 116 times. The shooting ended up killing the driver and wounding four bystanders.

None of the officer involved in the “Memorial Day killing” were indicted for their actions, instead, officer Espada is now being promoted to sergeant, according to the Miami New Times.

Espada was responsible for shooting eight of the rounds that killed 22-year-old vacationer Raymond Herisse. Miami Beach Police spokesperson Ernesto Rodriguez said that Espada “successfully tested for promotion.”

The shooting took place when the Miami Beach Police Department responded when Herisse was heard squealing his tires at 4 a.m. on Memorial Day weekend.

According to the department, Herisse was reaching towards his back seat, causing the officers to react. When the driver sped off the officers started firing their weapons, shooting innocent bystanders.

According to the report, one of the bystanders was shot so close to the heart, surgeons could not remove the bullet.

The New Times reported that the officers changed their stories multiple times.

“They initially claimed they found a gun wrapped in a towel underneath the driver’s seat,” the report notes. “Then the story changed: Cops later said the gun was wrapped in a T-shirt under the rear passenger’s-side seat. Herisse’s fingerprints were not found on the gun.”

Below is a video of the incident that took place in 2011:

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