Associated Press , WKYC
5:17 PM. EST November 06, 2017
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Police are investigating a videotaped altercation the place a University of Miami soccer fan slaps an officer, who then punches her within the head.
Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta mentioned in an electronic mail Sunday that Bridget Freitas, a 30-year-old nurse, has been charged with felony battery on a police officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He mentioned the division is reviewing the video to verify correct procedures have been adopted within the altercation at Hard Rock Stadium throughout Miami’s win Saturday over Virginia Tech.
According to the arrest report, Freitas had been arguing with different followers and was “utilizing profanity in a loud, boisterous method” when officers arrived. They say they tried to calm her down and requested her to maneuver to the concourse, however she refused and sat on the steps.
In the 14-second video posted on Twitter, 4 uniformed officers decide up Freitas, who was carrying a inexperienced and orange Miami jersey. Three carry her up the steps, with one officer hoisting her torso together with his arms below her shoulders and the opposite two carrying her legs.
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With her eyes half-closed, Freitas flails along with her open hand at Detective Douglas Ross, who’s carrying her proper leg. She misses the again of his head, however nails him within the face along with her backhand.
Ross instantly reacts, hitting her within the head together with his proper fist, inflicting her to crumble within the officers’ arms as she is carried out of view of the digicam. Freitas is Hispanic, based on the report. Ross is black.
By Sunday afternoon, the video had been shared on Twitter greater than three,000 occasions and was posted on quite a few web sites.
Jail information don’t present Freitas being held Sunday afternoon. She didn’t instantly return a cellphone message in search of remark.
University of Miami officers mentioned they have been conscious of the video and have been additionally gathering data. The college usually employs off-duty officers in uniform to help with crowd management, visitors and safety at soccer video games, and there have been a number of skirmishes within the stands Saturday that required intervention of regulation enforcement and others.
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