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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Miami police officer has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of investigation where he and another cop clashed during a traffic stop. It was captured on the traffic cop’s personal video camera that he mounted on the dash of his squad car.
The video, obtained by the blog, Crespogram.com, show’s officer Marcel Jackson pulling over an alleged speeder in an unmarked car in June. It appears to be on Southwest 7th Street in Little Havana.
Not fifteen seconds after Ofc. Jackson reaches the driver’s window, the video shows motorist pushing the front door open against the officer and confronting him. The immediately engage in a tussle, going to the ground. Other officers quickly arrive and help their colleague subdue the combative motorist.
What no one knew, at least for a while, is the driver who jumped in the cop’s face was Miami police Lieutenant David Ramras – who was assigned to internal affairs, which investigates other cops.
originally posted by: thisguyrighthere
So the IA cop who investigates the wrong-doings and abuses of other cops was trying to pull the "Do you know who I am?" card during a traffic stop?
A Miami police officer pulled a car over for speeding last month, which turned out to be a plainclothes internal affairs lieutenant who shoved the door open on the officer after refusing to provide his drivers license, leading to a struggle on the side of the road that was caught on camera.
As the two were on the ground wresting, another three Miami cops who just happened to be in the area pulled up and piled on the screaming driver– only to pull off when they realized the man at the bottom was an internal affairs lieutenant from their own department.
That was when the officer Marcel Jackson, the cop who initiated the stop, was sent to his patrol car and internal affairs Lieutenant David Ramras assumed control of the situation.
Realizing the outranking officer with more than two decades of seniority over him was going to turn him into the aggressor, Jackson pulled out his cell phone and began taking photos of the officers that began arriving.
But then a cop ordered him to stop. And another cop later ordered him to delete the photos.
However, unknowing to the other officers at the time, Jackson had video recorded the entire incident with his GoPro camera, which he had attached to his dash, but shoved in between seat after realizing they were turning against him, keeping it recording to capture the ensuing conversations. The department does not use dash or body cams, so it’s not something they would expect.
Adding to the usual irony of cops investigating cops, the department’s internal affairs department is now investigating the incident involving their own lieutenant, who has since been transferred to the special investigations section, a top-secret unit that works in partnership with state and federal agencies, considered a promotion by officers in the department, even though it is technically a lateral transfer.
The video was leaked to the Crespogram Report, a Miami blog operated by Al Crespo that regularly breaks insider stories that otherwise would not see the light of day, many which are followed by the local media.
originally posted by: sayzaar
a reply to: Xcathdra
Looks to me like the arresting cop was looking to get aggressive on the lieutenant. We can't be sure what was said but it looks like lieutenant was opening his door merely to get out and the traffic cop grabs him, drags him out and throws him to the floor.
I think he deserved to be relieved of duty.
ETA: What kind of crap hole is Florida?? No offence Florida people. But Miami cannot afford to put dash cams in their own police cars? Seriously, the police have to install them on their own accord?
That is just flippin' sad....