As many as 40 people were arrested after a police shooting led to sporadic rock and bottle throwing in a predominantly black neighborhood already tense over a court ruling in a earlier police shooting, authorities said.
Police specially trained to handle civil disturbances moved in immediately after Thursday evening's shooting, barring traffic from large sections of Overtown and nearby Liberty City. The traffic ban was lifted at 6 a.m. Friday.Both mainly black neighborhoods erupted in rioting four times in the 1980s after officers killed blacks or were acquitted in the killings.
Police have been on alert in Overtown since Tuesday, when an appeals court overturned the conviction of a Miami officer whose shooting of a black motorcyclist led to three days of rioting in January 1989. No violence was reported after the ruling ordering a new trial for Officer William Lozano.