Miami traffic cop is assigned to desk duty after pulling over black man for not wearing his seatbelt
A white Miami cop was assigned to station duty after he stopped a black driver for not wearing his seat belt and told him, “That’s how you get killed here, man.”
The driver, Gerardson Nicholas, recorded the tense exchange on June 15 in North Miami Beach and later shared it via his TikTok account.
He said he was on his way to work when the officer ordered him to stop his vehicle. Nicholas admitted he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the traffic stop.
“You’re not going to work,” the unidentified Miami-Dade cop tells Nicholas, who resolutely responds, “I’m going to work!”
“You’re going to give me your driver’s license, license plate and insurance,” the officer orders. “Otherwise you won’t be going to work today.”
“Listen carefully,” an automated voice sounds on TikTok before the agent adds, “Simple thing man. That’s how you get killed here man.’
Gerardson Nicholas (left) was arrested in North Miami Beach last Wednesday for not wearing his seat belt
The police officer spat the racist comment as Nicholas followed his orders and searched his wallet for his driver’s license
‘What? Say that again? Say what you just said,” Nicholas counters in the video, before the cop sighs, “My God. Registration and insurance.’
The pair then get into a heated argument, during which Nicholas can be heard yelling, “What are we being killed for?” before the cop slams his car door and walks away.
“Make sure you stay there,” the police officer later tells Nicholas, who was at his car at the time, checking his information on a police mobile data terminal — the type of computer equipment traditionally found in patrol cars.
“Threaten to kill me, yes,” Nicholas replies as he films himself and the cop. ‘What have you got from me? What do you have on me?’
“You’re going to be famous. But you will become famous,” he adds later in the video. ‘Look at him. Has nothing on me, attracts me and threatens to shoot me. Threatens to kill me. We’re going to court man.’
‘What? Say that again? Say what you just said,” Nicholas says to the officer after the triggering remark. The police officer sighs, “My God. Registration and Insurance” and slams the door on Nicholas before going back to his police motorcycle
After the incident, Nicholas later recounted: NBC Miami that he filmed the escalation because he was afraid for his life.
‘I was afraid, I was afraid. I didn’t think my life would make it,” he told the local outlet on Monday.
‘When he asked me for my driver’s license, open the door, I started recording. I was looking for my stuff, my driver’s license because I didn’t see my wallet. I was looking for my wallet and that wasn’t my car, that was my mother’s car and I didn’t know where the license plate was, I looked, looked. He got angry.’
In response, Miami-Dade Police’s interim director, George A. Perez, released a statement saying he has launched an investigation into internal affairs after being informed by cyber detectives of Nicholas’ TikTok video. .
“It’s exactly what the inference is that bothers me,” Perez said, adding that he had also seen 31 minutes of the unidentified police officer’s bodycam footage.
South Florida Police Benevolent Association president Steadman Stahl told the Miami Herald that he wants to see the full police CCTV footage of the escalation before making a judgment.
He also refuses to assume that the officer’s comment had any racial connotation.
Instead, he thinks the officer was trying to convey that not wearing a seat belt could potentially kill Nicholas.
“People die from not wearing seat belts every day,” Stahl said.
“You’re going to be famous. But you will become famous’, the officer later taunts his data in the local police system. The officer was later assigned to station duty after footage of the incident was reviewed by other Miami-Dade police personnel
Nicolas eventually received a ticket for not carrying his bed, as well as not having a valid registration certificate and insurance. At the time of the stoppage, he was also driving with a recovered driver’s license.
The officer did not arrest Nicholas, nor was his car towed. A relative later picked up Nicholas’ car.
Nicolas informed police of the incident on Monday and was in contact with officers before making an official complaint. He claims that the police bodycam footage will eventually show that he was respectful to the police officer throughout the traffic stop.
On Tuesday, Miami-Dade police still did not release any footage of the incident.