We have got the footage which shows the City of Miami Police Beat Handcuffed Suspect in Squad Car, Photographer Assaulted Too!
After video surfaced last night of a Miami police officer beating a man in handcuffs, the Miami Order of the Fraternal Police tried to smear the woman who originally posted the video on her Facebook page. Union President Javier Ortiz blasted out a press release picking images from Smith’s Facebook page despite the fact that Smith herself isn’t accused of a crime.
“As everyone is aware, social media has placed a very negative tone on law enforcement nationwide. On August 13th, there was a video that was posted in social media that shows an encounter with Miami Police Officers. While the video may seem concerning to some, the FOP is confident that when everything is analyzed with the totality of the circumstance, it will be concluded that the police officer was doing what he is supposed to be doing: Protecting our Community,” wrote Oritz.
“What is extremely concerning is that the poster of this video (aka Facebook Marilyn Smith) has photographs of her with young men armed with handguns. It seems that no one cares to address this. Social media has focused so much on #blacklifematters [sic] /alllifematters campaigns, yet nobody targets the root of the problem our community faces today.”
“If the police officer has done something not within policy, it must be corrected. With that said, there is a much more serious message by this video poster. Our community has accepted behavior that motivates violence in our younger generation. It’s time for the community to take a stand against this reckless behavior and stop the violence. As the saying goes: It takes a village to raise a child. Guns don’t belong in the hands of children. It is the responsibility of our stakeholders that live in our community to stop that from occurring in the first place.”
Ortiz also attached purported screenshots from Smith’s Facebook page. Smith has taken her Facebook down from public view, so New Times can’t confirm the authenticity or context of the screenshots.
The officer involved in the incident, which appears to show him punching a handcuffed suspect who had already been placed in the back of a police car, has been suspended while the department investigates the case.