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    Charges Against Man Punched by Miami Beach Cop Dropped

    The charges against Lowell Poitier in a 2018 incident in which he was punched by a Miami Beach cop are dropped as new video of the incident is released.

    (Published Monday, July 1, 2019)

    Charges that were filed against a man who was seen on video getting punched and knocked out by a Miami Beach police officer have been dropped as NBC 6 exclusively obtained new footage of the incident.

    Lowell Poitier faced misdemeanor charges of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in the Dec. 3, 2018 incident at the Pelican Hotel. They were dropped by the state attorney's office on Monday.

    Another Miami Beach officer came forward back in December with video that shows the encounter between Officer Adriel Dominguez and Poitier. Police say restaurant management claimed Poitier was acting irate, screaming, cursing and calling patrons names.

    A police report said Poitier approached Dominguez in an "aggressive manner," clenched his fists and took a fighting stance -- claims Poitier has called "completely false." The report said Dominguez was "in fear for his safety" when he punched Poitier.

    Man Miami Beach Cop Punches in Video Speaks Out

    [MI] Man Miami Beach Cop Punches in Video Speaks Out

    Lowell Poitier speaks exclusively to NBC 6's Willard Shepard about the video that shows a Miami Beach police officer punching him in the face at a restaurant on Ocean Drive.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018)

    The new footage is from official police body cameras and shows a clearer image of the punch and what happened after. Poitier was knocked out unconscious and was lying on the ground in handcuffs. An officer is seen holding him by the back of his shirt while he's slumped over.

    "The man is unconscious," a bystander is heard saying.

    "We see that," and officer says. "He shouldn't have touched him and got in his face like that. That ain't what you do. If you're a civilized person you don't act that way and these things won't happen to you."

    Video Shows Miami Beach Cop Punching Man

    [NATL MI] Video Shows Miami Beach Cop Punching Man

    GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING: Some viewers may find this disturbing. Body cam footage shows the moment a Miami Beach cop punches a man in the face.

    (Published Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018)

    But Poitier said he was trying to leave and claims he only asked the officer what he was saying and didn't touch him.

    "We are so happy that there's a video of this case from six different body cams, because it's clear on all six body cams that Mr. Poitier never touched any of these officers," said Poitier's attorney, David Kubiliun. "... It's quite disturbing again we only saw initially just part of the video where Mr. Poitier got knocked out by that one punch, but the way that he was treated after is just as disturbing as when he got knocked out."

    An internal affairs investigation is still underway and Dominguez was temporarily reassigned to the Miami Beach Police Department's detective bureau "in a supportive capacity," according to Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez.

    Miami Beach Officer Under Investigation After Punch Caught on Camera

    [MI] Miami Beach Officer Under Investigation After Punch Caught on Camera

    A Miami Beach officer is under investigation after a video shows him punching a suspect in the face. NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez speaks to the lawyer of the officer who came forward with the video.

    (Published Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018)

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