An investigation has been launched after a police officer was seen punching a black woman in the face before grabbing her and pushing her to the ground.
The incident was filmed on video and posted by Miami filmmaker Billy Corben on Twitter, which prompted the investigation ordered by the director of the Miami-Dade Police Department.
The video shows the woman and an officer wearing a face mask arguing at Miami International Airport.
She is heard saying: “What are you going to do?” as she moves closer to him.
After this moment, the officer can be seen punching the woman before pushing her to the ground and handcuffing her.
He then claims the woman “headbutted him” after a second officer rushes in.
Miami Police Department director, Alfredo Ramirez said: “I am shocked and angered by a body cam video that i just saw involving one of our officers. I’ve immediately initiated an investigation and ordered that the involved officers be relieved of duty.
“Actions such as these undermine the hard work that we have invested in.
“Our community and causes my heart to break for our community and for the vast majority of our officers who dedicate their lives to serving our County. This will not stand, and I assure our community that any officer acting in this vain will be held to account.
“I have also just spoken to our State Attorney and asked that her office immediately become involved in the investigation.”
After the public Twitter statement, Mayor Carlos Gimenez said: This is appalling. It’s excessive use of force and unnecessary. That’s NOT what our @MiamiDadePD are trained to do.
“Ramirez has ordered the officer relieved of duty & investigation is underway. This is why I instituted body cameras & MDPD is reviewing all footage.”
The officers involved in the incident have not yet been identified.