MIAMI – Shocking images from the body camera of a Miami-Dade police officer have prompted a quick reaction from the department director.
The graphic video was posted to Instagram by award-winning local filmmaker Billy Corben.
Judging from the timestamp in the upper right corner, the incident occurred Wednesday at Miami International Airport.
Involves a woman who appears to have been slapped by an officer, actions Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramírez says he doesn’t approve.
The video shows two MDPD officers talking to a woman at the airport.
In the video, which Local 10 News learned has been seen throughout the department, a woman begins to confront one of the officers. At one point she comes face to face with him. That’s when the officer is seen quickly backing up and hitting the woman in the face. The two officers then board the woman on the ground and handcuff her.
The video prompted Ramírez to immediately relieve duty officers. He then took to Twitter to release a statement, which read in part:
“I am shocked and angry by a body camera video I just saw involving one of our officers. I immediately launched an investigation and ordered that the officers involved be relieved of duty. Actions like these undermine the hard work we have invested in our community and make my heart break for our community and the vast majority of our officers who dedicate their lives to serving our county. “
The names of the two officers involved have not been released. It is not known whether they will face charges from the state attorney’s office.
The woman’s identity in the video has also not been revealed, or why she was arrested and which officers they spoke to in the first place.
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