A police officer was filmed doing a rough takedown of a 16-year0old girl in Miami Gardens, Florida. on April 18.
The cop was answering a call of a fight outside of St. Monica Catholic Church.
A relative of the girl, who did not want to be identified out of fear of reprisal by the police, told WPLG that the officer was mistaken when he believed the girl touched an officer when she was reaching for her friend:
My heart was broken. I could not believe this happened. She’s on the fence, and the next thing, he picks her up and body slams her. He’s like three times bigger than she is.
Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt said there will be an investigation of the incident:
We are asking that the public not rush to judgment, as these incidents must be fully investigated to ensure fairness to everyone involved.