A disturbing video making the rounds on social media shows Miami-Dade Police officers violently arresting a black woman who had called them for help after someone pulled a gun on her and her daughter.
The Miami New Times reported that while the context surrounding the viral video still remains unclear, the Miami-Dade Police Department fired the “field training officer” who appeared to initiate the violent confrontation.
The viral video begins with someone off-camera requesting that officers “please calm down.”
“She needs to be corrected if anything,” a Miami-Dade Police officer can be heard responding to the request.
A black woman Called Miami-Dade Police For Help After A Man Brandished A Weapon and threaten her life. Yet, She Was Arrested for being distraught pic.twitter.com/xQ2vvDZZsW
— Brother Tyrone X (@tyrone345345) March 13, 2019
“Why do I have to be corrected when my life and my daughter’s life was just threatened?” the distraught woman asked.
According to the New Times:
“Please stop!” another woman filming the incident says as two MDPD officers lunge at the first woman and grab her wrists. One of the officers handcuffs her. The woman does not appear to struggle in the video, but an officer nevertheless grabs her in a headlock and drags her to the ground.
In a statement shared on Twitter, Miami-Dade Police Department Director Juan Perez said, “Upon becoming aware of the video posted on social media, an immediate inquiry was initiated which resulted in the involved officer being relieved of duty and of his role as a field training officer. An investigation into the entire incident is currently ongoing, and upon its conclusion, I will hold those that violated any of our policies and/or procedures accountable for their actions or lack thereof.”