Business owner and son speak out after Miami-Dade cops roughly arrest convicted felon – NBC 6 South Florida
A Southwest Miami-Dade business owner and his son talk about being arrested while Miami-Dade officers were seen on camera taking a convicted felon into custody.
The incident occurred Thursday night when Miami-Dade police officers arrested Jarvis Swanson, later charging him with carrying a weapon as a convicted felon. Drug charges from October also kept him in jail after his initial bail hearing.
In the video which was later posted online and went viral, officers are seen grappling with Swanson as he lies on the ground. An officer is seen punching Swanson in the side of the head. People are heard yelling at the officers, and others can be heard telling those recording to get pictures of the officers’ faces.
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The ordeal happened outside the United Beauty Supply store on the border of Homestead and Cutler Bay. Owner Mike Wadi and his son Ramzi lead the chaos and come out to see what’s going on.
“They were beating the guy,” Mike Wadi told NBC 6. “I tell them officers, you already had him, why are you hitting him? How they were hitting him – they were hitting him in the face and on the ground .
Ramzi Wadi said one of the officer’s body cameras fell and was on the ground, so he picked it up and pointed it in the officers’ direction.
It was then, Ramzi said, that officers then charged him – a moment that was also captured by the store’s surveillance video camera.
“I was terrified,” said Ramzi Wadi. “As soon as I tried to get into the store, the guy came over and grabbed my hand, arm and started punching me, and I was fighting back. So I basically pushed him back – all of a sudden his whole crew, all his teammates, came attacking me. One came behind me, two to the side – started hitting me, hitting me.”
The Wadis also shared cellphone video from a family member filmed that night, which shows Miami-Dade officers holding Mike Wadi to the ground and another officer aggressively pointing a Taser at Ramzi Wadi.
Ramzi Wadi was charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer and, along with his father, was taken to the county jail. The police report says Ramzi was interfering with the officers and shoved one of them in the back.
Both say they were treated unfairly.
“I’ve never had a problem with law enforcement. I never had a problem with them,” Mike Wadi said. “But the way he did it was totally wrong. It was not necessary. It doesn’t matter if you’re a convicted felon or nothing, you’re still a human being. They shouldn’t treat people like that.
The police department said Monday it had nothing to help with the statement it sent in several days ago, saying, “The Mami-Dade Police Department is aware of an incident that s occurred overnight in our Southern District where our officers were involved in a physical confrontation with a convicted armed criminal. During this incident, a total of four people were arrested and three firearms were seized. In our ongoing efforts for full transparency, we immediately launched an internal investigation into the matter with our Professional Compliance Office. The affected officers have been reassigned to administrative duties. We will continually assess this matter, as the business process progresses. internal will continue.
The men at the beauty supply store say internal affairs officers arrived to question them on Monday.
Miami-Dade police said Monday that six officers have been placed on administrative duty as the internal affairs investigation continues.