Miami-Dade officer investigated after video shows him throwing woman to ground

Posted at 7:19 AM, Mar 15, 2019

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. — (NBC) - A Miami-Dade police officer has been relieved of his duties and placed on paid administrative leave during an investigation into what the department’s director called "deeply troubling" video of the officer during an arrest earlier this month.

In a series of tweets, Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said he was aware of the video that began appearing on social media of the incident on March 5 in Southwest Miami-Dade.

In the cellphone video, a woman is seen being arrested by several officers while her and another friend were asking why she was being taken into custody near 11301 SW 201st St.

Miami-Dade Police say in an arrest report that officers responded to the scene after two women, 22-year-old Adrianna Green and 26-year-old Dyma Loving, got into an argument with a man who allegedly threatened them with a gun.

A separate report alleges Loving became irate and uncooperative while not obeying their commands. One officer was seen on video bringing her to the ground before two other officers come into assist in the arrest.

Loving suffered a minor injury to her elbow but did not seek medical attention and was taking to jail.

"I was terrified, like my head almost got blown off. Like there is no calm. Like, before Ardri even recorded he walked up and tried to force me to be calm. Like, holding my arm and shaking my arm. Like, calm down, calm down," said Loving.

"Why is this even happening? Why are you even questioning us? You’re supposed to be getting the guy who pulled the gun on us. That’s my thoughts. It doesn’t make any sense. We’re the victims," Green said.

Body camera video was reviewed by the department and the male officer, identified as Ofc. Alejandro Giraldo, was relieved of duty as well as his role as a field training officer pending the outcome of the investigation.

Perez added that the actions were "in no way reflective of our core values of integrity, respect, service and fairness" and said anyone who violated policy would be held accountable.

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