A Miami police officer has been relieved of duty after a video emerged showing him kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head during an arrest.
According to ABC News, the video was taken by a Miami resident who told the outlet the suspect, who’s been identified as 31-year-old Davin Vladim Suazo, was being pursued by the officers and “was looking to find a way out.” Once he realized he couldn’t escape, he put his hands up and walked to meet with the officers “face to face.” The officers then gave him instructions to get on his knees and lie down. After Suazo complied another officer ran “right at him” and kicked him “like a football,” the woman said.
Suazo was charged with third-degree grand theft of a vehicle, fleeing and eluding a police officer, reckless driving and damage to property or person and habitual driving with a suspended license, according to an arrest affidavit.
In a tweet, Miami Police Cheif Jorge Colina said the “video depicts a clear violation of policy” and announced that the officer involved had been relieved of duty.
Today, the City of Miami Police Department received a video of an incident involving one of my officers. The video depicts a clear violation of policy. The officer has been relieved of duty and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office has been contacted.
-Chief Jorge R. Colina
— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) May 3, 2018