A Miami cop found himself under investigation — but not fired — after a video recently circulated on social media showing the officer violently arresting a Black woman, apparently because “she needs to be corrected.”
The lead officer, who was one of several cops in the video, was “relieved of duty” while the investigation is ongoing, the police department said in a statement released on Thursday morning.
It’s unclear exactly what led to the encounter and why she was arrested. But according to information from a Twitter user who posted the video, the woman called the police for help after a gun-wielding man threatened her and her daughter.
A voice is heard on the video saying, “please calm down.”
“She needs to be corrected, if anything,” one of the cops responds before he grabs the woman to make an arrest.
During the encounter, the woman does not fight back.
“Why do I have to be corrected when my life and my daughter’s life was just threatened?” she pleads to the officers, as she repeatedly says, “Do not touch me.”
The officers ignored her as they forced her to the ground and wrenched her arms behind her back before placing her in handcuffs.
“I just want to call my kids, my phone is dead,” the woman says. “I got a gun pointed in front of me, I’m stressed out.”
The officers are then seen yanking her up and dragging her to a police vehicle.
After she’s taken away, a woman’s voice is heard asking one of the officers to explain why the woman was arrested for no good reason. The officer replied that the woman was not complying with orders.
“No, it’s just him (the arresting officer) using his authority to do what he wants to do!” the person replied.
Here’s a clip of the disturbing arrest.
Twitter users, outraged by the arrest, tagged Miami-Dade Police Department Director Juan Perez and the department’s account when they shared the video, WSVN-TV reported. That may have prompted the police chief to address the situation publicly after knowing about it for at least several days.
“I am aware of the concerning video circulating on social media involving our department. I find the actions depicted on the video deeply troubling and in no way reflective of our core values of integrity, respect, service, and fairness…” Perez tweeted on Wednesday night.
The police chief said he relieved the unidentified cop from his position as a field training officer. Some Twitter users were calling for the officer to be fired.