A Fort Lauderdale police was suspended after footage emerged in which the cop appears to slap a suspect in the face.
Officer Victor Ramirez was placed on leave with pay Monday, Local 10 reports. The altercation at Broward Bus Terminal, which was posted to YouTube Feb. 22, opens with Ramirez walking after Bruce Laclair, 58, whom witnesses say the cop had just ordered off the premises.
Captain Frank Sousa tried to distance the department from Ramirez’s actions. “If the officer is wrong, I can assure you and the public that this agency and this department is going to do whatever it needs to do to assure that that doesn’t happen again, and it’s not a reflection of the men and women in this agency,” Sousa said.