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May 16, 2013

Charges dropped against brothers in Miami murder scene scuffle

Brother Antwan Carl Walker, 27, ran under police crime-scene tape, spurring a struggle as officers tried pushing him away from the body.

Prosecutors dropped charges against two brothers who scuffled with Miami cops last month at a murder scene. The move comes with blessings from Miami Police, the police union and the brothers themselves.

“It was the fair and just thing to do,” said Miami lawyer Larry Handfield, who represented Anthony and Antwan Walker. “The community is very sensitive to what happened and I hope this will quell things. I’ve very happy justice has been done.”

The fracas began last month as Miami homicide detectives were investigating the murder of Brandon Walker, 25, shot to death on the street at Northwest Third Avenue and 22nd Street.

Brother Antwan Carl Walker, 27, suddenly ran under police crime-scene tape, spurring a struggle as officers tried pushing him away from the body. His sibling, Anthony Walker, 28, then jumped into the fray.

A Miami homicide detective, Fernando Bosch, was seen repeatedly punching one of the brothers. Footage of the fight was captured by TV news helicopters overhead.

On Friday, prosecutors released ground-level footage obtained by subpoena from A&E’s The First 48, the television show that follows homicide detectives as they investigate murders.

Police arrested the Walkers on charges of resisting arrest with violence. Anthony Walker also faced a charge of battery on a police officer.

According to prosecutors, no criminal charges will be considered against Bosch, although the police’s internal affairs unit will examine whether he broke any department policies during the altercation.

“At the time, the detectives were diligently trying to preserve the scene and actively working to bring the perpetrator to justice,” Miami-Dade prosecutor Johnette Hardiman wrote in a letter to Handfield. “Emotions were high for both the Walkers and the police, as would be expected in such a setting.”

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