- Associated Press - Thursday, September 29, 2016

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida police officer faces a 20-day unpaid suspension after an internal investigation concluded he used excessive force by slapping an intoxicated homeless man being evicted from a bus terminal.

A citizens board will review the Fort Lauderdale Police Department’s internal investigation of the incident on Monday and make a recommendation to Fort Lauderdale’s city manager regarding Officer Victor Ramirez.

The SunSentinel (https://bit.ly/2daCxc7 ) reports Ramirez was caught on tape hitting and threatening Bruce LaClair after he fell as the officer tried to get him to leave a downtown bus terminal last February.

Ramirez was acquitted in March of battery and filing a false report.

Major Karen Dietrich wrote in the report that Ramirez “appeared to be acting out of emotion, rather than making a rational response to resistance.”



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Information from: Sun Sentinel , https://www.sun-sentinel.com/

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