Miami police officer story.
On Thursday, a Miami-Dade officer was conv’icted of vi’ole’ntly arr’es’ting a Black woman and lying about it on the police report.
It took a jury a little over an hour to conv’ict Alejandro Giraldo of felony battery and official misconduct in the ar’r’est of a B’lack woman who had called on the police for help, NBC Miami reports.
The charges stem from a March 2019 incident when Giraldo was seen on a cellphone video tackling Dyma Loving, a woman who called police to report that a neighbor had pointed a sh’otg’un at her.
Giraldo claims he acted la’wfully in subduing an unr’uly woman who was interfering with an inves’tigat’ion. The video showed him pushing Loving into a fence before taking her down to the ground to ha’ndcu’ff her.
Loving was initially char’ged with di’sorderly conduct and resisting arr’est without vi’ole’nce. However, all charges were later dropped.
“Police officers can put their hands on people to effectuate a la’wful ar’rest. If the arrest is unla’wful, they have no more rights than the rest of us. And he sure as heck can’t tackle her to the ground,” prosecutor Tim VanderGiesen said.
Giraldo argues that Loving was being unr’uly, which prompted his agg’re’ssive response.
“What you see there isn’t a cri’me. What you see there is a police officer working the streets, dealing with a situation and maybe his bedside manner was off,” Giraldo’s attorney, Andre Rouviere said.
“When he arr’e’ted Dyma Loving, it was after wa’rning after warning that she was being di’sruptive.”
Giraldo faces up to five years in pri’son, CBS Miami reports. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle released a statement applauding the conv’iction.“We will continue doing what we can to hold officers who violate the law accountable, because when a law enforcement officer commits a cr’ime, it truly eats at the trust they need to keep our residents & communities safe,” Rundle said.