Miami-Dade police officers who were caught on video last month violently arresting an unarmed, peaceful Black woman were not fired by the time she filed a federal lawsuit against them.
Attorneys representing Dyma Loving filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against two officers involved in the March 5 arrest, as well as against Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade Police Department, WPLG-TV reported.
Loving called the cops after she and a friend were threatened with a gun by a man who was later arrested for the incident. A cellphone video shows officers Alejandro Giraldo and J.F. Calderon forcing Loving to the ground and handcuffing her for no apparent reason. The video went viral and caught the attention of the police department’s director who called the arrest “deeply troubling” but declined to fire the cops.
Loving’s attorney, Justin A. Moore, said the lawsuit lists multiple claims, including false arrest, false imprisonment and negligent failure to train and supervise. He’s also calling for the two officers to be charged with a crime.
Moore urged the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office on Wednesday to “fulfill the duty of seeking equal justice for all people in the Miami-Dade area without condition.”
The police said the verbal exchange between Loving and Giraldo escalated. A voice on the video is heard saying, “Please calm down.”
“She needs to be corrected, if anything,” one of the cops responds before he grabs Loving to make an arrest.
During the encounter, Loving does not fight back.
The officers tackled her to the ground and wrenched her arms behind her back before placing her in handcuffs. The officers are then seen yanking her up and dragging her to a police vehicle.
Loving reportedly suffered a minor injury to her elbow but did not seek medical attention and was taken to jail.
Here’s a video of the encounter.
Twitter users, outraged by the video, tagged Miami-Dade Police Department Director Juan Perez and the department’s account when they shared the video, WSVN-TV reported.
Being forced into the spotlight may have prompted Perez 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 in March.
The police director said he relieved Giraldo from his position as a field training officer. Many voices are saying the cops must be fired.