Miami Cop Violently Strikes Woman in Face At Airport, Relieved Of Duty

Clay Curtis
July 5, 2020

A Miami-Dade police officer has been relieved of his duties after now-viral body camera footage showed him punching an unarmed, 21-year-old woman in the face at Florida's Miami International Airport on Wednesday. Rodriguez struck the woman in the face, and she was thrown to the floor and placed in handcuffs.

According to the Miami Herald, the woman had been complaining about her flight - that had been delayed or missed - prompting a ticket officer to call the police. Cops say she became upset when she was told she'd have to wait until the next day and began threatening the AA employee, who called police. "You acting like you white when you really Black ... what you want to do?" the woman says.The unmasked woman steps up to the man, putting her face right in his before he strikes her in the face. "I've immediately initiated an investigation and ordered that the involved officers be relieved of duty", Ramirez tweeted.

"It is my intent to proceed with the termination of the involved officer's employment with the Miami-Dade Police Department", Ramirez said on Twitter.

He said he ordered for the officers involved to be relieved of duty.

The video, however, had got mixed reactions with people commenting that the woman deserved it as she provoked the officer.

"Actions such as these undermine the hard work that we have invested in our community and causes my heart to break for our community and for the vast majority of our officers who dedicate their lives to serving our county". This is not going to stand, and i also assure the community that will any officer acting within this vain is going to be held in order to account, ' he extra.

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He also said the union had not heard from the police department about the officer's firing and urged officials to go through the proper channels.

"Like so many in our community, I am angered when I see abusive or improper conduct by a police officer", Fernandez Rundle said in a Thursday statement. She was being asked to leave.

Video of the incident was shared on Twitter Wednesday night by Billy Corben, producer of the "Cocaine Cowboys" documentaries and a critic of police tactics.

Suddenly the cop believed to be Rodriguez snaps and punches her in the face.

Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez slammed the video as "appalling" and an "unnecessary excessive use of force".

News of the incident came as interactions between police and the public have been receiving close scrutiny following the May 25 death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. This is why I actually instituted entire body cameras & MDPD is usually reviewing just about all footage'.

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