Assessing Harms' Way in Miami

Officials examine police performance during riot

The violence had ended in Miami's mostly black Overtown neighborhood, but racial tensions remained high last week. On Saturday, some 1,000 mourners buried Nevell Johnson, 20, whose killing by a Miami policeman ignited two days of rioting. City officials were so worried about more trouble that they persuaded the family to cancel a planned funeral procession from the video-game parlor in which Johnson was shot to services in Liberty City, site of a black riot in 1980 in which 18 people died.

The ceremony, although emotionally charged, was...

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