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Police Officer Nathaniel K. Broom | Miami Police Department, Florida Miami Police Department, Florida

Police Officer

Nathaniel K. Broom

Miami Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 2, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 8 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Died in prison

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Police Officer Nathaniel Broom was shot and killed during a foot pursuit while attempting a traffic stop near the intersection of NW 2nd Avenue and NW 11th Street.

He and his partner were on their way to the radio shop to replace a defective radio when they observed a vehicle travel the wrong way down a one-way street. The vehicle came to a stop and all three suspects jumped out and ran.

Officer Broom stopped his vehicle in a way that prevented his partner from exiting and went in foot pursuit of one of the suspects. As he turned a corner in a building the subject shot him in the chest, killing him instantly. His partner was not able to call for backup due to the faulty radio.

Fingerprints on the car led to the suspect's arrest two days later. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death March 4th, 1982. The subject died in prison in January 2014 while still awaiting execution.

Officer Broom was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Miami Police Department for eight months. He is survived by his parents and sister.

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I was only six years old when you were killed...I remember getting off the school bus and watching my family's heart literally shatter into pieces...I remember knowing how much I loved you, and how much I didn't want to never see you again...Because you were my uncle...you bought me that shirt that told me I was sugar and spice and everything nice...you beat us to the house on your motorcycle...you carried me in the house after my surgery...you traded me ice cream money for a kiss...you were my grandmother's love...you were my mom's love...you were my family's favorite...our pride and joy..."my uncle is a police," how we loved saying that...I remember seeing you working on our way to the beach and how we all screamed out the car because we adored you...I'm 41 now....and I remember 6 like it was yesterday...I was too young to tell you what you meant to me, and I wouldn't fully understand for years and years to come how your death totally changed the dynamic of my family...how you were one of the first men to ever make me feel special, and how I know what a good guy is because of you...I hope you know what an absolute hero you never stopped being to me...My eternal prayer for you Uncle Nae, in the name of Jesus, is that your soul is forever guarded by the love you so selflessly gave in your life here on earth...

LaTosha Bradley
July 23, 2016


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