Battery Charges Filed Against 5 Miami Beach Officers Following Rough Arrest

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Five Miami Beach constabulary officers person been charged with archetypal grade artillery for allegedly utilizing excessive unit during arrests astatine a Miami Beach hotel.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle made the announcement Monday afternoon.

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The officers person been fixed notices to look successful tribunal aft being charged with the misdemeanors.

Fernandez Rundle condemned the usage of excessive unit by police. She said that does a disservice to the assemblage the officers serve. She called their actions “alarming and disturbing.”

Miami Beach Police Chief Robert Clements said “This successful nary measurement reflects the men and women successful the Miami Beach Police Department. As an bureau we tin larn from this and turn from this.”

Police accidental it each started erstwhile officers spoke to 24-year-old Dalonta Crudup astir however helium had illegally parked his scooter adjacent 9th St. and Ocean Court aboriginal successful the greeting of July 26.  They accidental helium fled and struck an serviceman who had to beryllium hospitalized and tried to onslaught different officer. He was pursued to the Royal Palm Hotel.

That’s wherever surveillance camera video shows him dashing into an elevator. The video shows an serviceman ordering him astatine gunpoint to travel retired of the elevator. The State Attorney said a full of 22 officers converged astatine the edifice and past she said excessive unit is utilized arsenic Crudup is placed successful handcuffs.

She credits the Police Chief for taking enactment aft seeing the videos.

“You spot serviceman Kevin Perez kicking Mr. Crudup. You spot him being kicked successful the head. You spot Kevin Perez footwear him 4 times. Then you spot serviceman Jose Perez, who is nary narration to Kevin Perez, footwear him 3 times,” said Fernandez Rundle.

She said excessive unit was besides utilized connected Khalid Vaughn, a bystander who utilized his compartment telephone to instrumentality video of the arrest.

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“You spot serviceman Robert Sabater tally and tackle him,” she said. “You spot a clump of punches to his rib country and kidneys. Then you spot Officer David Rivas punch Mr. Vaughn successful his rib cage area. And you spot Officer Steven Serrano repeatedly onslaught him,” she explained.

All 5 officers person been relieved of work with pay.

Vaughn’s parent told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that neither she nor her lad could remark close present connected the proposal of their attorney.

The President of their constabulary union, the Fraternal Order of Police, urges the nationalist not to “rush to judgement” and hold for the probe to tally its course.

Crudup inactive faces a bid of charges including artillery connected a instrumentality enforcement serviceman and fleeing and eluding police. Police accidental the serviceman who helium struck was hospitalized and past released with a brace and volition person to usage crutches.

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber released a connection saying the video is “not who we are” and that’s wherefore his section acted swiftly.

Last Friday, helium told CBS4 “I hold with what the Chief did and what helium said.” He commended the Chief for taking “appropriate action.”

Police recommended to the State Attorney’s bureau that charges against Vaughn beryllium dropped. They were and helium was released.

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