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Aug. 21, 2011 — Miami

An officer approached Drew Randolph Pozdol, 26, outside a restaurant and bar just before 2 a.m.

The management had denied entry to Pozdol, but he was still trying to get inside, authorities said. There was a physical altercation and Pozdol pulled a knife. Sgt. Rafael Borroto fired his weapon, hitting Pozdol three times in the chest and killing him.

Pozdol's mother filed a wrongful death suit against Miami and the officer, claiming that Pozdol was not armed when he was shot. A witness said that Pozdol was on the ground when he was shot the third time. In March 2016, the City Commission agreed to pay Cathlyn Pozdol $1.5 million. Read more

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Pozdol was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  2. Pozdol were shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  3. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Pozdol's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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