Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Meanwhile, in Florida

Police have opened a criminal investigation into an officer who was videotaped pushing and slapping a homeless man at a bus terminal in downtown Fort Lauderdale last weekend. In the video, Officer Victor Ramirez confronts a man who had been sleeping on a bench inside the open-air terminal. The officer is seen shoving Bruce Laclair, 58, to the ground, then slaps him hard in the face and handcuffs him. The cop was placed on indefinite leave with pay as soon as the video surfaced. Bruce, meanwhile, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor trespassing. We wonder, though, how can you be charged with trespassing in a public place?

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