Published: Nov 17, 2011 4:03 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) - Federal officials are planning a civil investigation into whether Miami police violated the civil rights of seven African-American suspects who were fatally shot over an eight-month span.
    
A press conference to announce the investigation is set for Thursday morning at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami.
    
The Miami Herald (http://bit.ly/vBGPF5 ) reports the U.S. Justice Department probe will examine Miami police policies and training involving deadly force.
    
The shootings spanned from July 2010 to February 2011. The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office is currently reviewing the cases.
    
The Herald reports this marks the second time in a decade that federal authorities have investigated alleged violations of constitutional rights by Miami police.
    
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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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