A Miami-Dade police officer has been relieved of his duty after video surfaced online Wednesday night of him striking a woman in the face after an altercation at the Miami International Airport.
The officer in the video, identified as Antonio Rodriguez, is seen arguing with an unidentified black woman. The video begins with the woman facing the two officers and yelling at Rodriguez before approaching his face. The woman states, “ I really should. You black, you acting like you’re white like you’re really black. What’re you gonna do?”
At this point Rodriguez strikes the woman in the face. He is then pulled apart by several other officers on scene.
Rodrigues claims the woman headbutted him during the altercation.
Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo Ramirez reviewed the video and announced an investigation into the incident. He also released the following statement. “I am shocked and angered by a bodycam video that I just say involving one of our officers. I’ve immediately initiated an investigation and ordered that the involved officers by relieved of duty.”
Ramirez went on to state he has requested Florida State Attorney Kathy Rundle to join the investigation.