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Miami Beach Police Change Vehicle Shooting Policy

Miami Beach police officers will no longer be able to shoot at a moving car unless someone inside displays a weapon or shoots first.

Miami Beach Police spokeswoman Vivian Thayer confirmed the new policy will be announced this week by Police Chief Dan Oates.

The move comes in response to the fatal Memorial Day weekend 2011 shooting of motorist Raymond Herisse. Officers fired 116 shots at his car on a crowded street after they said he tried to run them over. Four bystanders were wounded and video of the shooting was widely seen nationally.

The policy is similar to one in Miami. Officers there say it makes more sense to jump out of the way of a car that is coming at you than trying to shoot the driver. 

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