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Dems Call On Miami State Attorney, A Party Member, To Suspend Campaign Over Police Cases

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Pedro Portal
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Miami Herald
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle."

The Miami-Dade Democratic Party is calling for one of its most high-profile members, State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle, to suspend her reelection campaign over her handling of controversial cases involving police officers.

The local party’s executive committee, in a vote Tuesday night, criticized the “staggering failures of the State Attorney to hold law-enforcement accountable” and called on Miami’s top prosecutor to cede her position to her Democratic challenger, Melba Pearson.

For the local Democrats, the position was not new — in June 2017, the party called for the longtime state attorney to step down for not seeking criminal charges against prison officers in the case of Darren Rainey, a mentally ill prison inmate who died inside a locked, steaming shower at Dade Correctional Institution. But Tuesday’s vote came as Fernández Rundle is seeking reelection in the Aug. 18 primary, during which she faces a challenge from Pearson.

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