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Judge: No Crime in Police Shooting of Window Washer

March 11, 1989

MIAMI (AP) _ A judge ruled that a policeman committed no crime when he shot a street car-window washer to death last August, but he said the officer abused his authority and failed to control himself.

County Judge Morton Perry cleared Officer Efrain Grillo after a two-day fact-finding inquest used in investigations of police officers.

″I am on the record here and now as saying this officer used poor judgment,″ Perry said. ″If there are many more like him around, I’d be very concerned.″

Grillo is currently relieved of duty for allegedly fondling a prostitute in September in an unrelated incident.

On Thursday, Perry said there was insufficient evidence to disprove Grillo’s account of the shooting of Larry Davis, a homeless man who earned small change by washing car windows in traffic.

Grillo, who had arrested Davis earlier in the day but found him back at the same window-washing spot later, said the two argued and Davis lunged at him with a knife.

One witness, Turner Williams, who also washes windows, claimed the knife belonged to Grillo, not Davis.

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