Miami Beach Police officers are receiving a significant amount of backlash for the manner in which they handled a recent encounter with spring breakers. BET says that while officers were responding to a fight outside of a bar on South Beach just a few days before spring break was cancelled due to the coronavirus, they became rather violent towards bystanders. In fact, documentary film director Billy Corben shared some of the videos on his social media accounts that captured the incident as it played out.
The videos, which have now become viral, have many questioning the police officers’ tactics that were used. In one of the videos, you can see an officer screaming at a man who appears to be walking away from him. The officer decides to arrest him as well as another man. A group of officers then decide to tackle two men to the ground. Another video that was captured and also shared with the public shows an officer running and colliding into a young woman.
That woman has been identified as 19-year-old Jaises Elam.
The officer, who sources say has only been identified as M. Eaton, is seen grabbing the woman aggressively and pushes her to the street. He then grabs her by the neck and appears to be choking her. While officers did not make any arrests that were connected to the bar fight, the source said that seven men were arrested and six were charged with resisting arrest without violence. Elam was also arrested for battery on an officer and resisting arrest without violence.
After Corben shared the disturbing videos, he also wrote this on Twitter: “This is @MiamiBeachPD‘s classic escalation technique: poorly trained and undisciplined officers take what could’ve been a harmless interaction with annoying Spring Breakers and turn it into a violent [expletive] for no reason.”
Aside from catching the attention of locals and individuals online, the incident also caught the attention of Ruben Roberts, who is the chairman of the Miami-Dade County chapter of the NAACP. Roberts had this to say, “You can’t tell me that you can’t apprehend a subject that is resisting without assaulting them at the same time. Those officers need to go through some sort of training, they need to come up with some other tactics. They don’t have the cultural awareness to deal with African Americans.”
If you are ever mistreated or abused by a Miami, FL police officer, you should consider contacting a Miami, FL police brutality lawyer. The police brutality attorneys at Orlando R. Murillo, P.A. can be reached at 786-530-4288 and can you understand what your legal rights are.