Story at a glance:
- Florida officers were caught on camera kicking a man in the head while he was handcuffed. They also allegedly assaulted another man who was filming the incident.
- The suspect allegedly hit a bicycle cop with a scooter. He was held at gunpoint inside a hotel’s elevator.
- Both the suspect and bystander are Black men.
Florida officers were caught on camera kicking a man in the head while he was handcuffed, and they also allegedly tackled and assaulted another man who was filming the attack, according to prosecutors and reporting by The New York Post.
The incident happened late last month in Miami Beach. Surveillance video showed a police officer hold 24-year-old Dalonta Crudup at gunpoint in a hotel elevator. Crudup allegedly struck a bicycle police officer with a scooter before that.
Crudup got out of the elevator and initially laid on the ground with his hands up. He was then handcuffed and forced on the ground as 20 officers piled on him with a barrage of kicks and stomps.
Prosecutors announced Monday that five of the 20 officers are now facing charges of battery.
The police were being filmed by 28-year-old Khalid Vaughn about 12 feet away on a cellphone, NY Post reported.
Officers, described by the New York Post as a “mob,” targeted Vaughn even as he backed away on officers’ orders, according to Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.
Officers then tackled Vaugn to the ground and punched him.
Rundle released four minutes of the surveillance and bodycam footage, according to the NY Post.
Both men are Black.
“I got beat up, got stitches, went to the hospital,” Crudup told Local 10 News, insisting he only fled the officers because he was scared they were “trying to put a black man in jail for no reason. I ain’t do nothing wrong.”
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