Five Miami Beach police officers are expected to be criminally charged following the violent arrest of two men at a hotel last week, according to NBC 6 South Florida.
Sgt. Jose Perez, Officer Kevin Perez, Officer Robert Sabater, Officer David Rivas and Officer Steven Serrano face first-degree misdemeanor battery charges stemming from an incident at the Royal Palm Hotel on July 26.
State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said that she was “horrified” by the incident, which was caught on camera.
One officer was fired last week, while four officers were suspended, for the rough arrest of Dalonta Crudup and Khalid Vaughn, according to the Miami Herald.
According to NBC, officers approached Crudup, 24, for illegally parking a scooter. Crudup reportedly fled and hit an officer with the scooter before running into the lobby of the Royal Palm Hotel, where the officers followed and allegedly kicked him in the head repeatedly.
Vaughn recorded the incident and was seen in the body camera footage being tackled and punched in the rib cage, per reports.
“I reviewed the video footage regarding this incident, and I have serious concerns about the force utilized after Mr. Crudup was in custody, including the level of force utilized in the subsequent arrest of Mr. Vaughn,” Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements said.