A Miami police officer was recorded on camera assaulting a handcuffed, compliant suspect in the back of a police cruiser.
The video was uploaded to Facebook after the encounter and quickly started getting shared around to various media sites and cop-watcher pages.
In the video, the young man in question appears to be cooperating completely with officers and is moving in a calm and very compliant fashion. He was placed in the back of the cruiser and was seated with his hands cuffed behind him, so there was NO threat to anyone near by.
Lt. Javier Ortiz, who is president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, said the following:
As everyone is aware, social media has placed a very negative tone on law enforcement nationwide.
While the video may seem disturbing to some, the FOP is convinced that when everything is analyzed within the totality of the circumstances, it will be concluded that the police officer was doing what he is supposed to be doing — protecting our community.
According to the Miami FOP, cop assaults on helpless victims in the back of squad cars are “protecting our community.”
A subsequent interview with the woman who recorded the video by Local 10 , reveals that she was ordered by the officer to delete the video, but instead she uploaded it to Facebook where it has since gone viral. The officer was also the one that physically assaulted the woman who recorded the video.
Major Delrish Moss released the following statement regarding the incident:
We have seen the video and we have launched a full internal affairs investigation into the matter.
We take that responsibility very seriously. The officer involved in the incident will be relieved of duty as we investigate.