Perez has been involved in a testy battle with Senate Republicans the past few months after President Barack Obama tapped him to become the nation’s next labor secretary.
The police department got a call from DOJ late last year saying the city hadn’t sent in its action plan, but a representative called back later after the paperwork was located.
The shootings occurred between July 2010 and February 2011, killing DeCarlos Moore, Joel Lee Johnson, Gibson Junior Belizaire, Tarnorris Tyrell Gaye, Brandon Foster, Lynn Weatherspoon and Travis McNeil.
Two of the men, McNeil and Moore, did not have weapons.
Officers involved in five of the cases have been cleared of wrongdoing by the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office, including Reynaldo Goyos, who killed McNeil, 28. But the department fired Goyos because he violated internal policies, leading to the fatal event.
Relatives of the dead men, including McNeil’s mother, are frustrated by the pace of the federal review.
Sheila McNeil said she calls federal authorities seeking an update on the investigation about once a week, but they keep telling her “it’s ongoing” and to call whenever she wishes. As for being updated by elected leaders, that’s not happening, she said.
“They’re only around during election time,’’ she said. “I’m on my own.”
Goyos shot Travis McNeil in February 2011, after a plainclothes squad including Goyos and federal agents was alerted by local police that McNeil might have been drunk as he left a club around midnight.
The officer said he fired after repeatedly yelling at McNeil not to move, as McNeil reached for something under his seat. No weapon was found.
Orosa fired Goyos in January after the department’s Firearms Review Board found the officer had used “unjustified deadly force.” Orosa determined Goyos shouldn’t have put himself in a position where he felt he had no choice but to shoot.
“I agree with the outcome of the criminal investigation, but internally he broke policy, that’s why he was fired,” Orosa said. “He placed himself in a position where he had to shoot. He could have backed off.”