4 Facing aggravated battery on law enforcement charges after Wynwood fight – CBS Miami

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — CBS4 has learned that officers had to break up an altercation involving multiple people based on CCTV footage from a Wynwood establishment, and it resulted in multiple arrests.

Tonight, CBS4 is watching the footage and how officers approached the use of force in this situation.

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Shortly before 3 a.m. Friday, a fight broke out.

CCTV timestamps indicate officers were on the scene within 40 seconds.

“If those officers weren’t there, that person at the bottom of the dog pile could be seriously injured or dead,” Miami FOP Union President Tommy Reyes said.

It points to a civilian attacked by several people.

Reyes shares his take on what the officers did next.

“They didn’t necessarily jump,” Reyes added. “What they did was try to get people out of that pile of dogs.”

He says officers positioned near an establishment could not call for reinforcements because other police units were busy. And then…

“When he (the officer) first gets pushed, he loses the radio,” Reyes explained. “He falls off his belt.”

The video provided to CBS4 then skips 15 seconds to officers engaged in a fight.

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“They didn’t get a chance to pull out their Tasers or pepper spray,” Reyes said.

“When someone takes a fighting stance and punches you, you’re more than free to fight back,” Reyes said.

“We are cops. Not punching bags.

Less than two minutes into the fight, an officer was nearly struck while trying to break up another fight.

“Clear in the video, an officer leans over three of the four guys, and another guy comes in and punches them,” Reyes said.

We asked how often officers practice using fists in combat.

“Starting to incorporate more stuff and grappling wasn’t so much in training before,” Reyes added.

At this time, we have few details on the circumstances surrounding the early morning fight at Wynwood.

On Friday afternoon, Police Information Officer Kenia Fallat said: “Each of the four subjects have been charged with one count of grievous bodily harm to a law enforcement officer.”

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“In accordance with its internal investigative protocols, the Miami Police Department is actively reviewing all video and testimonial evidence related to the use of force and will take appropriate action if violations are identified,” she added. .

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