Officer Punches Drunk Woman at University of Miami Football Game

 

Did this officer go too far, or was the punch justified?

A Miami-Dade police officer reacted quickly after getting hit in the head twice by a drunk woman during a University of Miami football game against Virginia Tech at the Hard Rock Stadium. 

Bridget Freitas, 30, a registered nurse, was arrested and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct. She was bonded out of jail on Sunday 11/5/2017.

In the video, there are 4 Miami-Dade officers (three men and one woman), ejecting Freitas, who appears to be extremely drunk. As the officers lifted her and begin carrying her up the stairs, Freitas is seen swinging 2 times, forward and backward, hitting police detective Douglas Ross on the left side of his face before he responded with a right-hand hook to Freitas' face.

According to the arrest report, Ross went to Section 129 after a reported disturbance regarding Freitas arguing with other fans while “using profanity in a loud and boisterous manner.”

President of the Miami-Dade's Police Benevolent Association, John Rivera, believes the officer's reaction was justified.  "All he did was react to her actions."

Miami-Dade Police are reviewing the video and immediate chain of command will address the concerns.

Do you think the officer reacted too harshly or was the punch justified? Tell us in the comments below.

Bridget Freitas, Miami-Dade Police Department

Bridget Freitas, Miami-Dade Police Department

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