MIAMI (CBS4) – Frustrated and angered by the deaths of seven African-American men at the hands of Miami police since last July, a rally and march will be held Sunday to demand answers and solutions.

Miami Commissioner Rev. Richard P. Dunn will be joined by Florida NAACP President Adora Obi Nweze, pastors and community leaders at the 2:30 p.m. rally at the Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church on NW 62nd Street.

“This community is not indicting every officer, but we have to indict the system. We want to see more work done by the city to stop this type of policing that makes every black person a suspect,” said Tangela Sears, President of the African-American Grassroots Committee in a statement. “We are tired of burying our black sons, brothers, nephews and fathers to the hands of City of Miami cops.”

The anger felt by community leaders in Miami is echoed in the nation’s capital.

Last Thursday U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., wrote Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday to ask for a Justice Department investigation in the shootings. Wilson said only the federal government has the resources and independence to give “close, objective scrutiny” to the deaths.

“What’s going on in Miami-Dade County, Florida? Is it open season on African-American men? It’s outrageous,” said Congresswoman Wilson.

A spokeswoman said the Justice Department is reviewing Wilson’s letter.

Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito told CBS4’s news partner The Miami Herald that he has invited federal authorities to attend post-shooting reviews since the first death.

Comments (5)
  1. TwanTru says:

    This is a strictly political move.

    Ask anybody on the street – the biggest problem we face is our young men taking drugs and shooting each other.


    1. Chris Sinclair says:

      The salvation of the black community is the Health, Happiness, Education and Independence of Black women. No its not Obama, welfare or self centered so called leaders. Prosperity and and womens rights go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other. When our young women no longer aspire to make babies at 14, 15, 16 17 (giving the children the gift of poverty and ignorance) is when you will see change in the black community. Until all we do will be in vain.

      1. bob butthead says:

        Nobody likes to see young men die, but if the police are doing their job to fight crime why are they being blamed? Were the deaths ruled justified? If not prosecute the police. Don’t protest like the police are wrong when they are right. Seems to me that if young men are being killed by the police there is an obvious reason. Police don’t just kill people for the fun of it. Lets start supporting our police and prosecuting criminals no matter what color they are. I am tired of good being called evil and evil called good. And when crime is out of control you complain that the police are not doing their job. That’s pretty hypocritical. It’s not about race, it’s about being responsible and taking accountability. Wake up America.

  2. Larry D. Crumbley says:

    CBS, ABC, NBC, and even Fox News I for one am sick, and tired of all you saying that there are different AMERICANS. We are all AMERICANS so when one person is hurt, killed, sick, and tired of THERE people being killed by the police it should make everybody sick, and tired. THAT IS THE PEOPLE THAT THINK OF THEMSELVES AS AMERICANS. Wake up people.

  3. vincent r. says:

    Will somebody please be tired of burying our sons, brothers, nephews, and fathers who are being killed by other black men.

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