Miami Beach PD Says Officer Who Body-Slammed Woman in Melee Did Nothing Wrong

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A handcuffed Sara Greenback is dragged across the sand by a Miami Beach Police officer.
The Miami Beach Police Department offered a swift reaction to videos that surfaced online after this weekend's on-the-beach melee between angry partygoers at Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel event and cops, who claim they acted appropriately. The videos show officers struggling with various people surrounded by an unruly crowd. At one point, an officer body-slams a woman in a purple minidress while trying to subdue her.


"The Department has concluded that the officer acted appropriately while affecting the arrests and dealing with the volatile situation at hand," read the statement.

The videos focus on an officer's tussle with 25-year-old Maryland resident Sara Greenback. She was kicked out of the concert and runs afoul of police. They have difficulty calming her, and at one point an officer picks her up and then throws her to the sand.



The event's organizers probably contributed to the situation.

Swedish House Mafia held a previous edition of Masquerade Motel inside a tent in midtown Miami last Halloween. It went off without incident. The DJ trio decided to bring the party back for Ultra weekend, but this time staged the event in a tent on the sands of South Beach off Ninth Street.

Organizers, which included Funkshion Fashion Miami, oversold the event by about 2,000 tickets, and police temporarily would not let anyone else in. This of course led to hundreds of angry partiers standing outside the tent. So far, the event organizers have not released a statement defending their poor planning.


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aussie02
aussie02

The officer handling the girl is not in question here, what is in question here is the private security officer putting a choke hold on a citizen on a public beach (no authority, unlawful detainment, false arrest, assault). The question here is what the officer arresting the girl did to a bystander in the crowd after the girl was subdued (police reports/statements says he assaulted the police officer in question, who received a gash on his head by said bystander... videos contradict that entirely, officer has no gash and does not appear to be in distress). The question here is what the police did after they arrived on the scene and physically assaulted bystanders in the crowd (lay hands on someone without consent who has done nothing wrong on public grounds is ASSAULT) by pushing them away and verbally abusing and threatening them. The question here is that all of the videos contradict nearly all of the statements by the Miami Police Dept.

What this means it that everyone single one of those officers involved in that incident on a public beach should lose their jobs and be thrown in jail for a number of offense, most importantly LYING in their reports. It is so blatant because of the video evidence and the fact that they think they can get away with it is astounding. There is no precipitating cause that can justify their behavior, none. Their lies stand there exposed.

Btpsaint4
Btpsaint4

Both the officer and the sercurity gaurds should be facing criminal charges , this officer has been trained and appreantly didnt pay attention in training camp for pigs , this officer had many chances to complete the arrest but didnt . he had the women and his handcuffs in his hands when in back of the atv and had many chances to handcuff the women and didnt he also knew the girl wasn't in her right mind set . For that security guard he should have his liscense revoked . Remember This your just a rent a cop not a real cop . Miami beach police are the most crooked and shameful police officer there are in the world they lie and do things to wash off each others back. The chiefs no better either he just as crooked . This police departmen should be shutdown and reopen with more honest and truthful cops. And of couse this article was writting by a mbpd officer because only they would say the cop acted right . Miami beach police officers are low -life pricks , with small dick complextions , can't please there wives or hookers , and were picked on when little so now just cause they got a badge n a gun they think there badass but in reality there just trying to make themsev feel a little bit better in the miserable lives. I mean look at all of the there all fat bald , of small n fat . either way they eat to much and protect nobody or nothing .

MIami Beach Police Deparment Officers are Faggots with uniforms.

Ccvg08
Ccvg08

This isn't the first time I've seen Miami beach pigs assault a woman, I remember seeing a pig slam a woman and man handle her then he slammed a bystander cuz the guy told the cop to take it easy shes a woman. Fuckin pigs they're the first to body slam and shoot pedestrians but when I ask for a miami beach pig for help cuz these dudes from ny were harassing me and my homegirl his fat ass just stands there and does nothing...fuck them

nevernot
nevernot

I want to know why the private citizen with a security guard outfit (because thats all a security guard is) wasn't arrested for assault. He used a naked choke hold on a man, something every law enforcement officer knows is illegal and potentially fatal even if used correctly. He had no right to get hands on unless he was assaulted, then he has every right a private citizen (because thats all he is) has to defend himself but his rights end there.

Ernie Sandoval
Ernie Sandoval

And thus the problem with the MBPD. That cop is a pussy for picking on a girl like that - how pathetic with his tin badge and shrimp dick boner of "courage".

European
European

In Europe a cop would go to jail for this.

And no one would be putting handcuffs on a drunken women or threaten to arrest her for nothing.

hed1117
hed1117

"...police temporarily would not let anyone else in."

Temporarily? I read that people were held in line without shade,access to water, any information - for hours!

...before being told to get lost and get a refund.

The person who wrote this article must work for the MBPD.

Jbradenr
Jbradenr

She deserved what she got. So what if she's a woman. I'm a woman. You act out of control, you suffer the consequences.

Globalpart2fail
Globalpart2fail

Terrible planning....puig/funkshion and the rest involved PLEASE stop throwing events you guys fckn suck!

anon123
anon123

Know your crap before you come in here claiming things.BTW assault-is the threat to do harm where you belive that the person has the ability to do so. Battery- is any unwanted touching or striking of another person. When you are given a lawful order to leave somewhere you do it and if you don't hands will be put on you to do so. Educate yourself.

Title XLVI CRIMES Chapter 776 JUSTIFIABLE USE OF FORCE 776.012 Use of force in defense of person.—A person is JUSTIFIED IN USING FORCE, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary TO DEFEND HIMSELF HERSELF OR ANOTHER against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if:(1) He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony; or(2) Under those circumstances permitted pursuant to s. 776.013.History.—s. 13, ch. 74-383; s. 1188, ch. 97-102; s. 2, ch. 2005-27.

hed1117
hed1117

I'm with you up to the "faggots" remark - no need to be insulting (to faggots)!

anon123
anon123

Rear naked choke aka Vascular Neck Restraint-Legal in Dade County

Gud2brich
Gud2brich

If you are not familiar with the laws of this country do not comment or stay out of it !!!!! She did not get slammed for being disorderly, she got slammed for resisting arrest!!!! She escalated the incident by her actions. The officer's actions were totally justified.

Wbrannon9
Wbrannon9

I thought the event was amazing actually...this article was obviously written by someone who wasn't there...

CrazyGirl
CrazyGirl

South Beach at the ocean.

She had it coming. Don't resist if you are on drugs.

Betty Boop
Betty Boop

She deserved what she got. So what if she's a woman. I'm a woman. You act out of control, you suffer the consequences.

Toobadso
Toobadso

nothing abusive there brah.

you resist arrest or become difficult, get dealt with. Being on acid doesnt help either. hahahahahaha silly young jits, cant hold their own

nevernot
nevernot

Not for law enforcement or psuedo law enforcement. It has the potential, even if applied correctly, to cause permanent damage to the arteries and veins in the neck leading to blood clots, long term decreased blood flow, damage to the vegas nerve leading to partial paralysis and most importantly the potential for causing delayed onset strokes. It is illegal nationwide, federal laws trump any local laws in cases such as this.

Camel
Camel

Excessive use of force dont you think ??? ....any officer whose any good at his job would never need to body slam a woman half his fucking body weight. ! He felt threatened by the crowd and panicked typical of MDPD. He needs re-training in crowd control and restriant. He then failed to control the wanna-be cop choke holding the other perp on the ground why did he not arm lock the woman straight awya and Cuff her He could have then assisted the Security guard and then dealt with the audience

PATHETIC POLICE WORK !!!

Camel
Camel

Ok the fact that she's a female is of no concern, but did he really need to body slam ...why didnt he cuff her to the vehicle ...in fact why didnt he cuff her period ?

I still think it was very poor judgement on his part. There was no consideration on his part for her well being, she was ejected from an event ! at which point maybe she needed medical assistance she obviously wasnt in control. She didnt break the law until she ressisted arrest. What if that was your daughter sister mother out on SOBE for a good time and unfortunately had a few too many?

nevernot
nevernot

Are you saying a 250 lb trained police officer experienced in handling uncooperative people had no alternative other than to body slam a 90 lb girl to gain control of her? He should be really ashamed at being so unable to do his job that he has to resort to throwing someone head first onto the ground in order to take control of them. I can do it with words alone regardless of how messed up my girl is at the moment.

nevernot
nevernot

@infavorofthecopI guess you missed the part where he had her bent over the ATV with her hand behind her back and the cuffs in his hand. If all he was concerned with was taking her into custody and controlling the crowd he had the opportunity. Instead of doing so he instead lifted her off the ground and threw her to the ground. What possible purpose did that serve? BTW, that "idiot" in the white shirt you are referring to had the charges dropped against him and likely will end up suing the MBPD for wrongful arrest. What good will that do, it will simply take tax payer money out of the hands of government when the government is running deficits. Insulting my intelligence just shows you have no interest in reasonable debate, rather your interest lie simply in blindly defending police abuse. Good luck out there, I hope you never have the misfortune of getting assaulted by the police. If so at least have the balls to take it like a man and not complain about the violation of your civil rights and unnecessary abuse they dole out like candy.

infavorofthecop
infavorofthecop

Honestly dude, how many chances does he have to give her. The cop was totally in the right. He had a crow surrounging him, being egged on by antoher bystander (or several), but specifically the IDIOT in the white t-shirt. Give the guy a break. He had a lot to deal with but I guess you just don't have the intelligence to see that. And I seriously doubt that you would ever gain control of the girl or the crowd with "words alone" in all that chaos.

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