The Miami police officer who has been caught on camera slapping a black woman in the face at an airport is about to be fired, the Miami-Dade police chief reported Thursday.
Shocking video footage appeared on social media Wednesday of a Miami-Dade police officer who beat 21-year-old Paris Anderson and dropped her to the floor during an oral altercation at Miami International Airport Tuesday evening.
The officer has not been publicly identified by the department, however Miami Herald said multiple sources have named him as Antonio Clemente Rodriguez, a black officer of Puerto Rican descent who is stationed at the airport and has a 20-year term of office.
Alfredo Ramirez III, director of police in Miami-Dade, said on Thursday that he had started the process of firing the agent after the violent incident.
Shocking video footage came out of a police officer slapping a black woman’s face at Miami International Airport on Tuesday evening
The clip shows 21-year-old Paris Anderson facing two officers shouting at one of them before getting closer to his face. She said, “You pretend you’re white, but you’re really black. What are you going to do? ‘
“As a result of an administrative inquiry into the officer’s conduct during this incident; I intend to continue to terminate the employment of the officer involved in the Miami-Dade Police Department, “Alfredo Ramirez III tweeted.
The administrative process to proceed with termination has begun. The MDPD takes responsibility for its actions, and this is just another example of our commitment to do that. ‘
But the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association has defended the officer’s actions, saying it was an ‘open hand’ blow rather than a blow – something sometimes referred to as a ‘diversion strike’.
Steadman Stahl, president of the union, told the Herald on Thursday that the agent had acted appropriately against Anderson, who was “clearly in his face.”
He also said that the union had not heard from the police about the officer’s dismissal and urged officials to go through the appropriate channels.
Alfredo Ramirez III, director of police in Miami-Dade, said on Thursday that he had started the process of firing the agent after the violent incident. The officer has not been publicly identified by the department, but multiple sources have named him Antonio Clemente Rodriguez
“I hope the officer ‘s rights and due process in these proceedings are not violated. We have nothing but the video and what we see on TV, “he said.
Tuesday’s surprise attack was filmed on an officer’s body camera and shows Anderson facing two officers and yelling at one of them before getting close to his face.
“I really should. You black, you pretend you’re white, but you’re really black. What are you going to do? Anderson says, getting close to the officer by the chin.
Suddenly the agent who is supposedly Rodriguez snaps and slaps her in the face.
He then throws his hands on her and brings her to the ground while officers in the background shout ‘Woah, woah’.
A second officer rushes to pull the two apart, as does the officer behind the body camera recording the incident.
In the clip, the agent who is believed to be Rodriguez is heard and claims ‘she gave me a headbutt’.
According to an arrest report from Rodriguez, he and another officer, Ricardo Alvarez, had led Anderson away from an American Airlines ticket counter at the airport after she “threatened personnel” and “shouted obscenities.”
“I have to go there and slap him in the face,” Anderson shouted at the ticket office.
According to a Rodriguez arrest report, he and another officer, Ricardo Alvarez, had led Anderson away from an American Airlines ticket counter at the airport after she “ threatened staff ” and shouted “ obscenities ” at an employee
Rodriguez reportedly told her to follow him and the other officer when she “approached him aggressively.”
The report says he then stepped back and hit her with an “open hand.”
Ramirez announced on Wednesday that he had started an investigation into the incident when images surfaced on social media.
He said he had ordered the officers involved to be released from their duties.
“I am shocked and angry at a body cam video I just saw with one of our agents. I immediately initiated an investigation and ordered that the officers concerned be released from their duties, “he said.
“Such actions undermine the hard work we have invested in our community and make my heart break for our community and for the vast majority of our officers who dedicate their lives to serving our province. This will not last, and I assure our community that any officer acting in this futile sense will be held accountable, ” he added.
Ramirez said he also asked attorney general Kathy Rundle to join the investigation.
Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez called the video “terrible” and “unnecessary excessive use of force.”
‘Our @MiamiDadePD are NOT trained for that. @MDPD_Director Ramirez fired the officer and the investigation is ongoing. That’s why I set up body cameras and MDPD reviews all images. ‘
Miami Dade police chief Alfredo Ramirez condemned the attack and ordered an investigation. He said the police officers involved have been released from their duties
Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez called the video “horrible” and “unnecessary excessive use of force”