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Traffic stop fight between two Miami officers addressed by officials

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MIAMI (WSVN) -- The Miami Fraternal Order of Police is investigating video footage that shows two Miami officers fighting during a traffic stop.

The incident happened on June 24 when an on-duty officer caught a vehicle speeding on Flagler Street in Little Havana. Officer Marcel Jackson proceeded to pull the driver over, but when he asked for the driver's license, the driver refused and an altercation ensued. Jackson was unaware that the driver of the vehicle was Lieutenant David Ramras, a Miami Internal Affairs Lieutenant.

Jackson and the lieutenant proceeded to have a physical argument, which was caught on Jackson's personal camera and posted to YouTube.

"The sad thing is that people will be judging Miami's finest, the whole police force, because of those two cops hitting each other," said City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado.

Regalado is surprised by the video but the behaviors by both officers are being investigated internally. "The Chief has a very tough decision to make, but hopefully those two will be reprimanded," said Regalado.

After the fight, Jackson returned to his vehicle and placed the camera to his side. The video later recorded a phone conversation while Jackson was in his squad car, sharing his side of the incident. In the recorded call, Jackson said the driver flashed his ID and then tried to get out of the car. "I asked him for his driver's license, registration and insurance," said Jackson, "and he's like, 'What's all that stuff on your face?' And I'm like, 'Excuse me?' I said, 'That's none of your concern,' and then he bolted, he pushes open the door. He pushes his weight out, so I took him to the ground, and I straddled him, and I told him, 'Stop.' Dude, luckily, some K-9 officers pulled up and helped me out."

The video showed the two officers immediately come to the aid of Jackson as the fight continued. As the officers assisted Jackson, a loud verbal exchange took place. "Do you know who the [expletive] I am?!" said Ramras.

"No, I don't!" said an officer

"I showed you ID!"

The video was discovered and posted online by blogger Al Crespo. "I got it, and I saw it, and I thought it was something that the public should see," said Crespo.

Sergeant Javier Ortiz, President of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police released a statement that read, "The Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney is reviewing the case, and we look forward to this investigation being concluded."

Crespo is concerned what could have occurred had the driver been a civilian, rather than an officer. "If I had been stopped, and I had attempted to do what the police lieutenant did, I would have been arrested," he said. "I might even have been shot."

Lieutenant Ramras has been reassigned from internal affairs, for now, pending the outcome of the investigation. A spokesperson for the police department said Jackson was relieved of duty with pay, also pending the outcome of the investigation. He has been suspended because he had taken it upon himself to install his own personal GoPro camera on his dashboard, which did not belong to the department. It was the camera that recorded the incident, and he refused, according to police, to turn it over as evidence.

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