The police officer that struck and knocked out a female fan during a Miami Hurricanes-Virginia Tech Hokies game a month ago has been cleared of any wrongdoing.
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The altercation was captured in an infamous video, with the officer, Douglas Ross striking highly intoxicated and incontrollable 30-year-old Bridget Freitas as officers carried her out of the stands.
According to the Miami Herald, Ross’s supervisors determined that the police officer of 18 years’s actions were within departmental rules.
The 30-year-old Freitas, on the other hand, was charged with felony battery and disorderly conduct.
According to the Herald, Baez’s decision was in conflict with the views of some outside use-of-force experts who said Freitas should have been restrained before the officers lifted her up. They also said an officer throwing a punch is almost always a bad idea that results in an injured suspect or the cop hurting his hand.
Perez, the police director, said department policy is to handcuff or restrain the suspect right way, but circumstances the night of the game with 63,000 fans and Freitas physically refusing orders, warranted a different response.
“In this case it did stop her,” said the director. “But we don’t encourage anyone to punch someone in the face.”