MIAMI (AP) -- Miami's mayor is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the city's police department.
A series of shootings involving Miami police officers left seven men dead in seven months. All but one remain under investigation by the State Attorney's Office and police. Both agencies say they can't discuss open investigations.
In a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Eric Holder, Mayor Tomas Regalado said he thinks a federal investigation would "provide the resources, expertise and independence" to change the police department and ease community concerns.
Regalado wrote that he was concerned about the "apparent lack of response" to questions from the men's relatives and community.
Police Chief Miguel Exposito told The Miami Herald (http://bit.ly/osTuJ7 ) that he "welcomed any federal probe into our police department."