A Miami, Florida police officer has been suspended with pay after being caught on video kicking a handcuffed man in the head while the defenseless man was lying face down on the ground.
Miami Police Chief Jorge R. Colina said the officer in the video, Mario Figueroa, was relieved of duty Thursday afternoon, reported The Miami Herald.
“Relieved of duty” actually means officer Mario Figueroa was suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
The video was posted to Facebook by Lisa Harrell and quickly went viral. It shows a Miami police officer handcuffing the man, David Vladim Suazo, 31, on the ground as Figueroa runs over to kick him in the head.
The incident took place Thursday morning at the Culmer Place Apartments in the 600 block of N.W. 10th Street.
Police claim that Suazo took “a fighting stance” and swore at police. They also admit that at least 2 officers ineffectively used tasers on the suspect.
Interestingly, the arrest report does not mention that Figueroa kicked the man in the head as he laid handcuffed on the ground.
Suazo was charged with third-degree grand theft, fleeing and eluding a police officer, reckless driving with damage to a property or person, driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident and resisting an officer without violence.