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The director of the Miami-Dade Police Division ordered an investigation on Wednesday evening after a video on social media confirmed one in all its officers punching a Black lady at Miami Worldwide Airport.

The video, dated July 1 and recognized by police as bodycam footage, exhibits a masked male officer arguing with the unmasked lady close to a check-in desk on the airport. The girl, at one level, might be heard saying that the officer is “performing such as you white if you actually Black.”

The girl yells on the officer, “What you going to do?” The officer responds by hitting her within the face earlier than pushing her to the bottom, the video exhibits.

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Two officers, together with the one whose the bodycam was recording the incident, then rush in as the primary officer says, “she headbutted me.”

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Inside minutes of the video showing on Twitter, Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo Ramirez III tweeted that he was “shocked and angered” and stated he had “instantly initiated an investigation.”

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“Actions comparable to these undermine the laborious work that we now have invested in our group and causes my coronary heart to interrupt for our group and for the overwhelming majority of our officers who dedicate their lives to serving our County,” Ramirez stated.

He additionally stated he had “ordered that the concerned officers be relieved of responsibility.”

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“This is not going to stand, and I guarantee our group that any officer performing on this useless can be held to account,” the director stated.

The incident comes amid protests against police brutality and requires the defunding the police, spurred by the Could death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. 

On Tuesday, New York Metropolis officers agreed on a budget that shifts roughly $1 billion from its police division. Los Angeles and Philadelphia additionally lower their police budgets, and many cities have committed to police reform.

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