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Dec. 4, 2011 — Hollywood

Officer Jaime Cerna stopped Kareem Jabar McDonald, 38, who matched the description of a man who had just committed an armed robbery.

McDonald was on a bicycle. Cerna drew his weapon but did not point it at McDonald.

McDonald allegedly reached for something under his shirt, in his waistband. Cerna fired one shot at him, wounding him in the upper arm. Read more

McDonald was later identified by the victim as the person who robbed him at knife-point. He did not have a knife on him when he was stopped.

McDonald was found guilty of robbery with no weapon and sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

This was the 123rd police shooting in Florida in 2011.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Miami .

Two days later, two officers shot two people in Miami-Dade .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Police thought McDonald, who was unarmed, was reaching for a weapon before shooting him. Thirty-eight unarmed people were shot when police said they saw them reach for something.
  2. McDonald was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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