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Riverside Police Chief To Retire

January 8, 2000

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) _ The Riverside police chief, embroiled in controversy over the 1998 shooting death of a teen-ager found passed out in her car, has announced his retirement.

Jerry Carroll said he was quitting as chief immediately but would remain with the department until the end of the year to help his successor with the transition. Carroll, 50, was not available for comment after Friday’s announcement.

The department was criticized for the Dec. 28, 1998, shooting of Tyisha Miller, who was hit by a dozen bullets as she lay in a car parked in a gas station parking lot. Officers responding to a call of an unconscious woman said she had a gun in her lap when they arrived.

Four officers opened fire when she allegedly lunged for the weapon after an officer smashed a vehicle window to disarm her.

The four officers and their sergeant were fired, and Carroll issued a memo saying they had executed an ``unreasonably dangerous plan.″ The Riverside County district attorney found the officers may have used faulty tactics but were not criminally liable.

The killing drew the attention of national activists, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and has prompted regular protests in this city 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Some protesters and community members say it was racially motivated, noting Miller was black and the officers were not.

The shooting also prompted the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles to open an investigation into the police department to see if it has engaged in civil rights violations.

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