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PD Backing Up Cop Shown Throwing Woman to Ground

PD Backing Up Cop Shown Throwing Woman to Ground

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The Daily Mail via YellowBrix

March 31, 2011

MIAMI, FL – Police chiefs in Florida have defended an officer who was filmed slamming a woman into the sand during an arrest.

Video footage of Sara Greenback’s arrest became an internet sensation after it was posted on YouTube.

The 25-year-old was slammed to the ground in a wrestling-style move by Lt Douglas Simon after she was thrown out of a music festival on Miami Beach.

An angry crowd surrounded the officer as he struggled to place handcuffs on Greenback, who was arrested for disorderly conduct.

The confrontation took place after Greenback ran from police who raced after her along the popular tourist beach on an ATV vehicle.

When Simon caught up with Greenback she fought back against handcuffs being placed on her, holding on to the ATV and struggling out of the officer’s grip.

As Simon attempts to move Greenback away from the vehicle he picks her up and slams her down into the sand.

One of the eye-witnesses can he heard on the tape saying ‘take down’ as Greenback looks stunned as she gets up from the sand using her hands to show a ‘peace’ symbol.

Abelardo Soto, 29, who is seen on the tape grappling with officers as he tries to reach Greenback, was also arrested during the volatile incident.

Detective Juan Sanchez, a Miami police spokesman said they had reviewed the videos and found Simon acted appropriately.

‘The department has concluded that the officer acted appropriately while affecting the arrests and dealing with the volatile situation at hand,’ he said.

“When assessing the officer’s response to this situation, it’s imperative to consider the totality of the circumstances.

‘In doing so, there was a large crowd becoming increasingly hostile closing in on one officer, a civilian rendering aid to the officer, two subjects actively resisting arrest, and another inciting the crowd.’

Miami Beach Mayor Mattie Herrera Bower said the situation was getting out of control.

‘Here is this one policeman, and the crowd is getting bigger and bigger,’ Bower said.

‘He had to be in control. There was no doubt that a policeman needs to be in control. It was very rude and heavy how he got her down.’

Bower said the beach on Saturday was full of angry party-goers who had been denied entry to a Funkshion Fashion Week concert.

Safety officials had been forced to shut down a concert by Swedish House Mafia due to overcrowding.

Greenback, from Maryland, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Soto, 29, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence and affray.

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    varadarcop

    over 3 years ago

    566 Comments

    She got what she deserved.

  • Derrick_max50

    gradyg

    over 3 years ago

    1118 Comments

    What else he should have done she resisted and got slam for her effort, serves her right. Next time she will know better not to resist when being arrested by the law.

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    silkyone54

    over 3 years ago

    18 Comments

    Ya cant fix stupid....when will people get it? When law enforcement says...do this.. you DO it!

  • 1_max50

    mpls2450

    over 3 years ago

    22 Comments

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YiAGATcSbE

  • Me2_max50

    bstites

    over 3 years ago

    1028 Comments

    DANG! I was going to watch the video when I got home :/

  • B1001_max50

    TXPeaceOfficer85

    over 3 years ago

    320 Comments

    Too bad the video is no longer available.

  • C1__67__max50

    Redsky

    over 3 years ago

    2918 Comments

    Great job!

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    Buster10

    over 3 years ago

    258 Comments

    Fought the law and the law won, fight like a man go down like a man pretty simple to remember

  • Sparkle_girl_max50

    Katz

    over 3 years ago

    8260 Comments

    Some people think they can do anything and get by with it! Like little Missy here. Great job on behalf of the officer and super that he had all the backing he so rightfully deserved.

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    USLawman1983

    over 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    Legal? Yes. Ethical? Yes.
    These videos are rarely pretty to watch but the endgame is they got the job done.
    I loved the LT coming back at the end for the third guy that had apparently been an instigator. Way to go, LT!

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    larryt700

    over 3 years ago

    446 Comments

    OK now the videos are not available, what gives????

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    larryt700

    over 3 years ago

    446 Comments

    The only problem is that there is not enough officers around and the crowd tried to lynch the guy on the ground twice. I thought it was cool how the LT reached into the crowd to get that other guy. May not show on this video but a third person was definitely arrested.

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    sdyoung82

    over 3 years ago

    478 Comments

    glad the PD backed up the officer, great job officer!!!!

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    Kinder_mapp

    over 3 years ago

    4160 Comments

    It is great they backed these guys. Good lord could backup have taken any longer. Great work. Enough said.

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    Quintero

    over 3 years ago

    230 Comments

    Ok, so where's the beef??????

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