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FORT LAUDERDALE – Is there more police brutality these days or are more incidents being caught on video?
Tough to tell, but things are about to get rough for Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Victor Ramirez.
He was caught on a cell phone video knocking a homeless man to the ground and then slapping him at the Broward Central Bus Terminal.
According to witnesses on the scene, the incident started after Ramirez told Bruce Laclair, 58, to leave the terminal and Laclair, who is homeless, said he wanted to use the bathroom before he left.
Police Chief Frank Adderley said Tuesday that the issue is a, “serious matter, one we need to immediately respond to.”
“Officer Victor Ramirez has been a member of our police department for the past nine years,” Chief Adderley said. He said the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave.
City manager Lee Feldman described the video as “disturbing” and said “it’s not representative of the type of actions that anybody wants our police department to be perceived as.”