Miami Beach, Hialeah Settle Lawsuits In 2011 Memorial Day Shooting

Mar 28, 2016

The cities of Miami Beach and Hialeah will settle four lawsuits that stemmed from a controversial 2011 Memorial Day shooting.

Raymond Herisse was killed in South Beach when officers from Hialeah and Miami Beach shot at him 116 times on May 30, 2011.

According to police, Herisse was speeding down Collins Avenue ignoring orders to stop and nearly hitting officers.

Hialeah officers, who were hired as additional help for the crowded weekend, and Miami Beach police officers fired at Herisse’s car killing him and wounding at least three others.

Bystander Cedrick Perkins had a bullet lodged near his heart, Sarah Garcia was shot twice and Carlson St. Louis was also wounded. All three filed lawsuits in addition to Herisse’s family who filed a wrongful death claim.

Court records show settlements were reached in all four lawsuits on March 16 during mediation.

A spokesperson for Miami Beach declined to comment, saying the details of the settlements have yet been finalized. 

Hialeah did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

When reached by WLRN, Marcelline Azor, Herisse’s mother, said her son should not have been killed that day and that nothing will ever bring him back.

“They could give me millions and millions of dollars, but there was no justice,” she said in Creole. “No one went to prison. No one was punished.

As a result of the 2011 Memorial Day shooting, Miami Beach changed its policy on shooting at moving cars. Officers can now only shoot at a moving vehicle if they’re returning deadly force.

Azor said she can’t heal from the loss of her son, the only one of her four children who looked just like her and would always cut her grass on weekends.

“He was a great child,” she said. “What they did to my son—if I could put myself in his place—it should have been me that they killed.”