Bodycam Footage Showing Possible Kick To Restrained Suspect Has Miami Police Department Facing Scrutiny
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A disturbing Miami police body cam video has surfaced which appears to show officers beating and kicking a robbery suspect in May 2017.
Miami's Civilian Investigative panel is reviewing the video to determine if they will recommend police reopen an internal affairs case.
The video shows Ravon Boyd being apprehended and cuffed after he was accused of robbing a man at a Miami gas station.
Ravon Boyd's mother watched the video for the first time at her son's attorney's office Tuesday and was moved to tears.
"It hurts me," Carla Boyd said. "Justice has to be served. Everyday our kids leave and we don't know if they will return."
Boyd says when she saw her son after the arrest his face was swollen and he had a gash in the back of his head.
"He surrendered and was in the fetal position and they beat him mercilessly," said Boyd's attorney Andrew Rier.
At the time of the arrest Miami police officers claimed they feared for their lives because they believed Boyd was reaching for a weapon.
Miami internal affairs cleared Sgt. Claude Adam.
But the detective who covered his body camera during the takedown, detective Brian Castro, quit before he was fired, according to Miami police.
Miami's chief of police said Tuesday he is willing to reopen the investigation if Boyd will give a statement and it warrants further investigation.
Boyd's attorney said they are willing to cooperate.
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