Miami Beach Police Detective at Center of Internal Affairs Investigation After Being Accused of Punching Two People

Detective Phillipe Archer is accused of punching two people while responding to a call at the South Bay Club on West Avenue.

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    A Miami Beach police detective is in the middle of an internal affairs investigation from a June 26 incident. Detective Phillipe Archer is accused of punching two people while responding to a call at the South Bay Club on West Avenue. (Published Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013)

    A Miami Beach police detective is in the middle of an internal affairs investigation from a June 26 incident.

    Detective Phillipe Archer is accused of punching two people while responding to a call at the South Bay Club on West Avenue.

    According to the police report, the concierge at the condo repeatedly called police about a drunk and belligerent woman who fell asleep on the lobby couch.

    Archer escorted 29-year-old Megan Adamescu from the building to the sidewalk where Archer asked for ID. Adamescu struggled to find her passport at which time Archer took the purse to find the passport.

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    Adamescu's attorney, Menachem Mayberg, says Archer never identified himself as an officer, as he was in plain clothes and unmarked vehicle. Mayberg's client says she thought her purse was being stolen.

    As all this undfolded, 50-year-old Andrew Mossberg was walking his dog with his 12-year-old son. Mossberg says he saw the confrontation and thought it was just a girlfriend/boyfriend tiff.

    "I kept looking back and when I was about here (20 feet away), that's when i saw him grabbing at the purse and so decided maybe it's actually a robbery or something".

    Mayberg says he then saw Archer swing with a closed right hand striking Adamescu in the face knocking her to the ground.

    He called the police non-emergency line and yelled to Archer that police were on the way. He says Det. Archer then ran towards him and attacked him.

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    "He rushed at me and kicked me in the head, my phone and my hat went fl. Then he kicked me and punched me twice while i was on the ground," he said.

    According to the police report, Archer claimed to point to his badge and made his gun visible identifying himself as an LEO(law enforcement officer).

    Both Mosssberg and Adamescu's attorney say at no time did Det. Archer identified himself as such.

    Miami Beach Police won't comment on the incident but say an internal investigation is underway.

    Archer is also one of roughly a dozen Miami Beach and Hialeah officers who fired more than 100 bullets at a drunk motorist, killing him during Memorial Day weekend in 2011.

    Mossberg and Adamescu were arrested on a series of violations. All charges have been dropped.

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