They should have taken a baton to her face about 20 times.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Police are investigating a videotaped
altercation where a University of Miami football fan slaps an
officer, who then punches her in the head.
Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said in an email
Sunday that Bridget Freitas, a 30-year-old nurse, has been
charged with felony battery on a police officer and misdemeanor
disorderly conduct. He said the department is reviewing the
video to make sure proper procedures were followed in the
altercation at Hard Rock Stadium during Miami's win Saturday
over Virginia Tech.
According to the arrest report, Freitas had been arguing with
other fans and was "using profanity in a loud, boisterous
manner'' when officers arrived. They say they tried to calm her
down and asked her to move to the concourse, but she refused and
sat on the steps.
In the 14-second video posted on Twitter, four uniformed
officers pick up Freitas, who was wearing a green and orange
Miami jersey. Three carry her up the steps, with one officer
hoisting her torso with his arms under her shoulders and the
other two carrying her legs.
With her eyes half-closed, Freitas flails with her open hand at
Detective Douglas Ross, who is carrying her right leg. She
misses the back of his head, but nails him in the face with her
Ross immediately reacts, hitting her in the head with his right
fist, causing her to crumble in the officers' arms as she is
carried out of view of the camera. Freitas is Hispanic,
according to the report. Ross is black.
By Sunday afternoon, the video had been shared on Twitter more
than 3,000 times and was posted on numerous websites.
Jail records do not show Freitas being held Sunday afternoon.
She did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
University of Miami officials said they were aware of the video
and were also gathering information. The school often employs
off-duty officers in uniform to assist with crowd control,
traffic and security at football games, and there were multiple
skirmishes in the stands Saturday that required intervention of
law enforcement and others.