Miami Police Officers Caught on YouTube Violently Beating Halloween Revelers in Coconut Grove

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Halloween night in Coconut Grove is a well-known annual mad house, and police are out in full force. Though, this year it seems that City of Miami police officers may have gotten out of hand with their use of force on partying patrons. A YouTube video has been making the rounds in city hall showing police violently punching suspects and seemingly picking revelers out of the crowd at random and throwing them to the ground to be handcuffed. Last night, CBS4 ran with the story on their 11 p.m. news cast, but in their infinite wisdom doesn't even link the video on their website. Here's the entire video that's sending waves through city hall and has now sparked an internal investigation.

Warning: There's graphic violence and some obscene language.



The video opens with several City of Miami police officers trying to handcuff a downed man while surrounded by a loud crowd. It's not known why the man was brought down in the first place, but someone in the chant was already yelling something about Rodney King so it's possible there was previous violence not caught on tape. Other people are yelling that the man did nothing wrong.

At one point a woman in little more than a pink tutu and bra enters the fray. Next we see her, she is on the asphalt being handcuffed while police grab at her legs to subdue her, and is latter seen being manhandled around by police.

Later another man is pulled from the crowd and thrown violently down by police officers. One officer holds the man back while another violently and repeatedly punches him in the face.

Later, a heavyset and bald police officer seemingly at random pulls a man from the crowd wearing a 300-style gladiator costume and forcibly throws him down on the road.

Other police officers are seen shoving random members of the assembled crowd.

"What you see makes you wonder if the police officer went beyond the call of duty," City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado told CBS4.

Regalado has called for a full investigation into what happened before the camera started rolling, while a police spokesman tells the station that, "Internal affairs is looking into it to find out what happened on that scene and why."
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FU
FU

Not sure why folks are crying racism when at least two of the "innocent" party goers being arrested were white (or perhaps very light skinned Hispanics). The guy filming kept using the n-word to describe one of the perps, but he looked whiter than me. I watched the video and saw nothing remotely disturbing. If you behave you generally don't get arrested. And honestly, if misbehave a little and are white you often don't get arrested - so these two must have had it coming.

Sara
Sara

Now all of you can sit here and say F the police and how you don't need them, you sound stupid, ignorant and clearly forming an opinion solely on your emotions from the video. Do you have any idea what the world would be like without police. The amount of police brutality that occurs, doesn't even compare to the amount of crime committed by the people in the community. How in the hell could you possibly down an entire police department because of a few officers. If you have a problem with it, then do something about it, get involved in law enforcement, become the good cop that people want to see, become chief of police and weed out the bad cops, whatever it takes. If not, shut the hell up and go about your business because your talking like you care but you aren't doing anything, so in the end you don't care about this. And if your asking whether or not I care, I DON'T.

Real
Real

yeah yeah yeah! speak your nonsense, who's the one drinking the cops or the crowd of people? You dont know exactly what happened, for all we know the man getting beat down probably spit on the cop. Now, im not saying thats grounds for excessive punching to the head, as bad as that looks on camera, especially since theres 2 other cops holding him down, there most likely in better shape than him, so the punching could have been left out. On the other side your arresting someone, surrounded by a bunch of drunk people in costumes, how intense a situation that would be, not knowing who might do what to you. Or what about you, when someone steps to you and pisses you off, what do you do, you fight back also and alot of you do it with your boys, jumping on somebody when you know they dont stand a chance. Everyone does bad things, WHAT! because your crap aint on camera you better than everyone. What about the camera man recording it, what did he do lately, maybe cheat on someone, steal something, etc... yall aint no different. Perhaps everyone should stop for a while and actually put them selves on both sides before opening your big fat mouth and try to make an intelligent opinion on this, this is serious stuff.

ghettosmustgo
ghettosmustgo

psh this idiot and most of the ghettoness in miami need a bashing to the head..take that shit back up to the ghetto and islands you came from..thanks

Confused
Confused

Why were the cops wearing "cop" t-shirts and giant chains like ghetto thugs. Not very professional and the punching was unnecessary.

Larry
Larry

It's great to know that our taxes are paying these hoodlums to beat the crap out of us and terrorize innocent citizens. That's the price we pay so that the Powers-That-Be can feel their interests are protected from the riff raff. Goons need some exercise every little while, gotta keep 'em with blood in their nostrils for when you really need 'em, like if anyone tries to protest a FTAA conference or something.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It's great to know that our taxes are paying these hoodlums to beat the crap out of us and terrorize innocent citizens. That's the price we pay so that the Powers-That-Be can feel their interests are protected from the riff raff. Goons need some exercise every little while, gotta keep 'em with blood in their nostrils for when you really need 'em, like if anyone tries to protest a FTAA conference or something.

Norman Nomein
Norman Nomein

"Again, I will thank the Miami Dade Police for keeping The Grove safe.

It's time for Americans to see this for what it is, people play the race card, condemning people as racist if they don't agree with them. "

Camile you are blinder than drunk bat in house of mirrors.

You just saw 3 big cops take down a skinny little girl they grabbed out of a crowd pinn her down and molest her, which is re stated clearly in the article, that she and others attacked were innocent.

This is why cops get hate and firemen are always loved, rightfully so, the violence stopped when the assholes stopped beating people. Drunk people on the street bother you? You think cops dont get coked up before they rampage on people?

Plenty of cities Celebrate like this, and its true and LA those cops would have been dead meat. To be honest i have not once seen a cop protect someone instead of punish them.

Mel
Mel

Fuck all of you ignorant fools who think this is a scene of PROTECTION by these egotistical bastards.

prince Merkin em
prince Merkin em

ive seen king k in action.... bad momba jomba, watch out bacon boys when u come by kendall...... str8 merkin em boiiiii

king killin em
king killin em

KING KILLIN EM WOULD HAVE DECAPITADED THE PIGGIES IF I SAW THEM DO THAT. I WAS A MASQUERADE MOTEL SO I DIDNT GET TO BE AT THE GROVE, BUT NEXT YEAR THESE PIGS BETTER BE READY, I BRING HEAT. KILL THE PIGGLET NIGGLETS

Walk-on-water
Walk-on-water

"Seeking Justice" I'm sure you dont pay taxes, who are you kidding...

Seeking Justice
Seeking Justice

You keep up your defense of the swine with badges, I for one am glad my taxes weren't raised to subsidize these killer cops - beating the laady in the tutu and all. I certainly hope they lay off as much of the department as possible, and that the family of the innocent people brutalized here sue the city for all it's worth plus the punk cops individually. Let's see how the cash-strapped city pays for that suit! If they put the raising taxes to pay for cops to vote, I am very sure that will not pass.

Walk-on-water
Walk-on-water

You assholes are the first ones in line when the applications open up but you can't get hired because you fucked up all through your life. Shut up and be glad the cops are there to keep the animals from robbing you and stealing all your shit. When a little Miami grown hispanic scumbag burgler steals all your shit you'll be dialing 911. When a new arrival balsero Cuban does a home invasion robbery with all his Hialeah buddies on you, again you will be calling the cops crying. Shut your faces you bitches, you sound like girls...lol

What about the cops who take m
What about the cops who take m

Feds should investigate the cops who take money from the 24/7 drug clubs on NE 11th Street. That cesspool club space pays cops to promote their club. Sanchez? Ick.

Camille
Camille

@Seeking Justice

Again, I will thank the Miami Dade Police for keeping The Grove safe.

It's time for Americans to see this for what it is, people play the race card, condemning people as racist if they don't agree with them.

This is dangerously polarizing and threatens to undo much of the good done by the Civil Rights movement. I am deeply concerned for those who can't see -Seeking Justice- as a threat to Americas Growth.

MagnusT
MagnusT

What happened to good old civil riots?

The first pig to throw a punch should trigger a violent response from the crowd. You can't let them keep getting away with this. Show them that violence begets violence, and be willing to carry it through to the end.

I don't hate cops, I just hate assholes.

Enlightened
Enlightened

My brother was an asshole cop... use to say that being a cop is a license to kick ass... The thugs that work for the police dept. will get off....they always do. I've been around my brother and his peers from police depts.. I witnessed how they are all damaged people to begin with.

If cops had brains.. they wouldn't have to be cops.

tiredofcorruption
tiredofcorruption

Goon squad out in force in the Grove...got their neighborhoods mixed maybe; ghetto somebody would be dead.

Seeking Justice
Seeking Justice

To Al, Ms. Fat Cow Bettner , Camille (also fat) and MeanOldWhiteMan, are you all cops or just plain bigoted? So you condone police brutality? I am glad that the damn pigs aren't getting a raise and I hope that some cops get laid off. We don't need those bullies!

Walk-on-water
Walk-on-water

The cops did not beat a reveler, they hit an A**hole who deserved it. The cops won't hit you if you behave. The cops were working and I'm glad they are there.

Cristina Fernandez
Cristina Fernandez

I think that the Grove becomes a mecca of stupid assholes on Halloween. It's a shame cops can't bomb the place during the holiday..maybe it would rid our city of all the garbage that lives in it. If you go to the Grove on Halloween, expect problems and expect the worst. I'm sorry I do not pity the douchebag that got arrested or beat up ... you have no idea what he did he probably deserved it... Not siding with police officers but imagine being in a crowd of morons being told "Miami's finest" you'd want to beat the shit out of everyone too, my opinion of course but the last guy in the video with the wig....I'd totally bash his face in. woot! Miami's Finest indeed!

anon
anon

this shit is insane. i was in the grove last year and the same shit happened. they took my boy out of the crowd and beat his ass then when i tried to take up for him they arrested me too. fuck these crackas.

bobby navarro
bobby navarro

Cant believe the cops let them shoot the video.Not the most intelligent cops i have seen, but u don't get into the force by being smart. Anyway, they have the power in that situation.Do not provoke them .. They will eventually retaliate. When they arrest u, sit down and shut the fuck up. Take if from me, I grew up in the red blood streets of Los Angeles. I was rousted many times. It is a no win situation. LIVE AND LEARN HOME BOYS.

Im not a gangster
Im not a gangster

I personally dont like cops, they think they are better than everyone and think theyre superman. They feel real tough when they abuse people that cant fight back because youd end up in jail. Id love for a cop to pull off that shit on me one day and have the balls to put his badge down so i can whoop his ass. Gang unit printed on theyre shirts because thats what they are. A dirty gang of cops protected by the law to do what they want. In some way i can understand the police are provoked into these situations but they abuse their power.

MeanOldWhiteMan
MeanOldWhiteMan

I would like to see the cops use a rubber hose on the obnoxious little punks like they did before all the political correct BS, just beat them bloody and send them home to their dumb parents with a lesson learned.

Heather Bettner
Heather Bettner

I for one wish we would close down Halloween once and for all. Stop all traffic accept for residential and get this very dangerous event out of our village all together. I know of no other city that would allow this type of mass unorganized event to take a strangehold of their streets and community but the Grove. And for what so the bars can have a good night selling liquor to already over toxicated visitors who are maybe using other illicit drugs as well. Oh and by the way they are wearing masks and costumes to disguise themselves.

Our good officers put themselves in harms way that night so they can make sure no fatalities or injuries befall them or any one else. I praise those officers who obviously had to wrestle that man to the ground and use restraints on him and physical force to comply with their requests. To bad the video was not shown from the angle where the man actually had a dangerous hold on another officer.

Camille De Phillips
Camille De Phillips

NO MORE PUTTING OUR OFFICERS AT RISK!!! NO MORE LETTING THESE DRUNKS TAKE OVER OUR STREETS AND ABUSE OUR MIAMI POLICE.

VeronicaRush
VeronicaRush

That just goes to show you how lame Miami people are.. That would have NEVER happened in LA. straight up the crowd would have overtaken those 7 cops compared to the 200+ around. Talk talk talk.. that's all people do.

mikey b
mikey b

I'll offer a prediction:

1. There will be an internal investigation.2. The thug cops will cleared of any wrongdoing whatsoever by their brethren.3. The same thug cops will be in the Grove next year for a repeat performance.

Really, does this shit ever change?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why don't they arrest these cops??? Bunch of punks with a badge.

anonymous
anonymous

see is this kind of behavior that drive citizens not to support the system, not to trust those who "protect us", the corruption drives people to riot. i'm surprised it didn't happen in the grove. Mayor Regalado better get his ass on this, the only way to get these politics moving is through tough talk banging they're heads with this

ivxx
ivxx

de pinga... glad i missed the grove this year...

also who was the douche in drag that gave us the finger at the end... lol

HONESTguy
HONESTguy

Truth be known there are some VERY BAD COPS out there.  I dont know about this situation but I do know my personal one was non proking and simply picking up my daughter from school...  WHERE?  Coconut grove MAYFAIR.  As she is headed for my car this cop told me to move.  When I tried to explain he arrested me in front of my daughter, teachers and other parents! He wouldnt listen and he stole all my personal information and even put the hand cuffs on me in a way to hurt me.  He shoved me in a hot closed window cop car with the AC off and windows up at 91 degrees out!  I am law abiding and raise my daughter very well.  The damage will never be erased.  I do not trust COPS now.  Word of advice to anyone is say little and do anythign they say.  We now live in a military run policing society.  I hope not one of you have to experience this for yourself.

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