Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina says Officer Mario Figueroa was suspended after a witness video surfaced of the officer kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head.
The video shows Figueroa make a running up and kicking a submissive handcuffed suspect, notes the Miami New Times.
Lisa Harrell, who posted the video online, said the officer was suspended after someone sent the video to the Miami Police Department:
So city of miami getting to reckless. He was down already. Didnt have to kick him!!! I will not let this go unnoticed. He was not resisting arrest he got on his knees and put his hands on his head. He WILLINGLY LAID DOWN. That f*ckinf kick was uncalled for!!
Harrell told the Miami New Times that the assault happened at an apartment complex in a historically black neighborhood.
The neighborhood’s residents have reportedly complained about abusive police for decades.
Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said her office’s Public Corruption unit has also opened an investigation into the beating.
The Miami New Times notes the Miami police have been repeatedly sued for alleged beatings, shootings, and other potential violations:
Use-of-force complaints have long been a persistent problem at Miami PD. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in a damning report that the department had “engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive use of force through officer-involved shootings in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.”
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