Video shows Miami Beach Cop Punching a man
Miami Beach Police Officer Adriel Dominguez violently punched an unarmed black man in the face and it was all captured on police body cam footage.
Dominguez has been relieved of his patrol duties while internal affairs and state prosecutors investigate the confrontation. Dominguez is seen punching Lowell Poitier Jr., 35 at a restaurant on Ocean Drive in South Beach.
On Dec. 3 officers arrived on scene at 9 p.m. after 911 calls complained that Poitier was being belligerent.
Officers said when they approached Poitier, he was agitated, called them “crackers” and “appeared as if he wanted to challenge” the authority of one cop.
The arrest report said Poitier said “what, what” and “clenched his fist, took a fighting stance and leaned into” Dominguez’s face. It went on to say that Adriel Dominguez, fearing for his safety, struck the man with his fist.
The video shows a different story. In the video Poitier doesn’t appear to clench his fist or take a fighting stance.
Poitier suffered a cut lip and was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach for treatment. He was charged with misdemeanor assault on a police officer, resisting arrest without violence and disorderly conduct.
The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office may choose to not press charges on Poitier. Prosecutors could also decide the punch was unlawful and criminally charge Dominguez