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Suspect in South Florida beats officer while being booked

December 24, 2021 GMT

MIAMI (AP) — A suspect in South Florida beat a police officer violently while getting fingerprinted in a holding cell.

Surveillance video released by the Miami-Dade Police shows the prisoner refusing to follow orders while getting booked Tuesday night in a holding cell at police headquarters. A fight between the officer and prisoner started and the suspect then started punching the officer repeatedly, the video released Wednesday shows.

After several seconds, a forensics worker entered the holding cell and pulled the suspect off the officer. The suspect started struggling violently while being moved from the holding cell and he was wrestled to the ground by the forensics worker and three other officers.

The attack on the officer took place just days after another Miami-Dade police officer was attacked by a passenger during a brawl at Miami International Airport.

In a tweet this week, Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez called the recent violence against law enforcement as “unacceptable”″ and said it wouldn’t be tolerated.

“We must come together as one to protect our community and our police officers from those who engage in vicious acts,” Ramirez said.