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Miami police trial begins

Jury selection began yesterday in the Orlando, Fla., retrial of a Miami police officer charged in a 1989 shooting death that triggered a riot.

Officer William Lozano was convicted of manslaughter in the deaths of two motorcyclists, but an appeals court ordered a new trial, saying his Miami jury may have feared an acquittal would cause more street violence.

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The trial has bounced five times between Miami, Orlando, and Tallahassee. Orlando finally was chosen because it has a larger Hispanic population than Tallahassee.

Officer Lozano claims self-defense in his shooting of a rapidly approaching motorcyclist on Jan. 16, 1989, in a predominantly black Miami neighborhood. The deaths of biker Clement Lloyd and his passenger, Allan Blanchard, triggered three nights of racial violence that killed one man and caused $1 million in damage.

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