MIAMI — That escalated quickly.
Police in Florida have opened a review after video surfaced of a cop clocking a disorderly woman in the face as she was being physically removed from a University of Miami-Virginia Tech football game.
The Miami-Dade police say the woman, Bridget Freitas, had been “arguing with stadium patrons and using profanity in a loud boisterous manner,” when they asked her to leave.
“Several attempts were made to calm [her] down and walk [her] up the stairwell of the stadium bowl,” but Freitas refused to cooperate, police said, according to the Sun Sentinel.
She then plopped down on the steps and refused to budge, prompting more officers to be called. Then four officers picked Freitas, a 30-year-old nurse, up bodily and began carrying her out of the stadium.
As they had her lifted overhead, the video shows Freitas flailing her arms and take a swipe at the back of the head of one of the officers. He responded by giving her a sharp crack to the jaw. While she appears to go limp, the result of the blow is unclear.
In their report, the officers sad striking Freitas was necessary ”to gain compliance and control.”
In a statement, the Miami-Dade police said they were “aware of the video and are reviewing the incident to ensure compliance with our policies and procedures.”
“Promoting a safe and secure environment during any special event is our primary concern,” the statement continued.
Freitas was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct/breach of the peace.