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Police Chief releases personnel records of officers involved in fight caught on camera

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MIAMI (WSVN) -- Miami's Police Chief has released the personnel records of two officers involved in a confrontation recorded on video.

City of Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa weighed in on the fight that was caught on camera between two of his officers.

The incident occurred 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 officer.

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

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."

In a statement from Orosa, a side by side transparent comparison was presented. The discipline record of both Ramras and Jackson were released.

The reports showed that Ramras had two reprimands for car accidents and two citizen complaints. In comparison, Jackson has been on the force for eight years and has four records of formal counseling, 15 reprimands, 20 citizen complaints and 400 hours of suspension.

Ramras has since been transferred to the special investigations unit as the probe moves forward. However, the Fraternal Order of Police is crying foul on that move.

In a statement, President of the FOP Javier Ortiz said, "We are also of the opinion that you have a serious conflict having the special investigations section investigating this incident when you decided to transfer Lieutenant Ramras to the same section."

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

The video also showed two officers immediately aiding 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.

Lieutenant Ramras will remain with the special investigations unit, pending the outcome of the investigation. "I transferred Ramras to another administrative assignment and the investigation away from internal affairs in order to ensure there is no influence from anyone into the investigation," said Chief Orosa.

A spokesperson for the police department said Jackson was relieved of duty with pay, also pending the outcome of the investigation. He was suspended because he took it upon himself to install his own personal GoPro camera on his dashboard, which did not belong to the department.

The camera was used to record the incident, which he refused, according to police, to turn it over as evidence.
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