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2 Miami-Dade Cops Facing Charges in Suspect Slapping Incident

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    Miami-Dade Cops Facing Charges in Suspect Slapping Incident

    Sgt. Manuel Regueiro and Alexander Gonzalez are facing charges following an investigation into footage showing one of them hitting a handcuffed suspect. NBC 6 anchor Dan Grossman reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019)

    Two Miami-Dade police officers are facing charges following an investigation into footage showing one of them hitting a handcuffed suspect, prosecutors said Tuesday.

    Sgt. Manuel Regueiro is being charged with misdemeanor battery in the incident involving the March 15, 2018 arrest of Bryan Crespo, prosecutors said. A second officer, Alexander Gonzalez, is being charged with tampering with evidence for allegedly trying to destroy the surveillance system that captured the incident, officials said.

    "These allegations of possible abuse and misbehavior occur and undermine our efforts to increase community cooperation," Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference also attended by Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez.

    "I am extremely disappointed by the actions of our officers," Perez said. "I hope, and I know for some it’s hard to believe, I hope this is not reflective of our department, or of law enforcement in general, but this is isolated in nature."

    Caught on Camera: Miami-Dade Police Sergeant Hits Suspect

    [MI] Caught on Camera: Miami-Dade Police Sergeant Hits Suspect

    Surveillance footage shows Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Manuel Regueiro hitting handcuffed suspect Brayn Crespo.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 15, 2018)

    According to a warrant and an arrest affidavit, Crespo, who was 18 at the time, was arrested at his Miami-Dade home for allegedly stealing airbags out of vehicles.

    Surveillance footage from inside Crespo's home showed officers breaking through a door and taking him into custody. As an officer is leading Crespo out of the home with his hands behind his back, Regueiro is seen smacking Crespo in the face.

    Regueiro, who had been with the department for 18 years, has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, officials said. Gonzalez was recently fired.

    Miami-Dade Cop Investigated After Video Shows Him Hitting Suspect

    [MI] Miami-Dade Cop Investigated After Video Shows Him Hitting Suspect

    Miami-Dade Police have launched a criminal internal affairs investigation after one of their officers, Sgt. Manuel Regueiro, was caught on camera allegedly hitting a handcuffed suspect, Brayn Crespo.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 15, 2018)

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