Good Samaritan and woman claim police brutally attacked for no wrongdoing
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Another police controversy for the Miami Beach Police Department after a man who said he was simply trying to be a Good Samaritan said he was allegedly attacked by a police officer.
Andrew Mossberg's face is seen brutally bruised after he was booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail on June 26. "He looked like his face had gone through a meat grinder," said Mossberg's attorney Edward O'Donnell.
Cell phone video captured Mossberg laying on the sidewalk, handcuffed and struggling to get up. A man is seen wearing a blue shirt, who is said to be Miami Beach Detective Philippe Archer.
Just before a passerby captured the video, Mossberg's attorney said he saw Detective Archer beating a young girl, Megan Adamescu. "I see someone beat the hell out and brutalizing the woman, punching her in the face. A defenseless woman, who is clearly not a threat to anyone," said Attorney for Adamescu, Menachem Mayberg.
The concierge at the South Bay Club where Adamescu was staying called police to get her to leave because she was allegedly intoxicated. It was detective Archer who responded to the scene without a uniform and in his personal car after an undercover narcotics sting a few blocks away. "She remembers the officer not identifying himself. She remembers all she wanted was her purse back to find out who it was that was looking through her purse and taking her passport," said Mayberg.
According to the police report, Archer wrote: "The defendant became hostile and belligerent, and began using racial slurs." That's when police said Mossberg stepped in. "Shouted to the man who was beating the woman, 'Stop I've called the police,'" said O'Donnell.
Archer said Adamescu: "Slapped me on the left side of the face knowing I was a law enforcement officer. I immediately countered with an open hand strike to the defendants right side of her face causing her to fall to the ground and hit the back of her head."
"Brutalized the hell out of her. Beat her down. Punched her in the face. Literally knocked her out as she was coming..." said Mayberg.
When Mossberg tried to come to Adamescu's defense, O'Donnell said, "Knocked him to the ground with a series of karate kicks."
Archer was one of several officers involved in the shooting death of a man during Memorial Day weekend in 2011.
Miami Beach Police Department did not want to comment on the case, but did say there is an internal investigation underway.
Both Adamescu and Mossberg say they plan on pressing charges.
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