Charges for Florida Cop Caught on Video Slapping a Homeless Man

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Fort Lauderdale police officer caught on video threatening and brutally slapping 58-year old Bruce Laclair, a homeless man is now facing criminal charges.

The Broward County state attorney’s office filed three misdemeanor charges against Officer Victor Ramirez, 34, including two counts of battery and one count of falsifying records, Thursday.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department said Ramirez has been relieved from duty without pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation. Ramirez’s attorney was given a summons for his client to appear in court May 18.

In the video from February 23rd, which takes place at the Broward Central Bus Terminal in downtown Fort Lauderdale, a man who looks to be in his late fifties walks slowly through the terminal while the officer follows behind, slipping on latex gloves. The officer then grabs the man’s arm and the man jerks away — that’s when the officer pushes him to the ground.

The man, lying on the ground, shouts “Fuck you!” at the cop, to which the cop responds by pointing his latex-covered finger at the man and says, “Relax. I’m telling you right now what’s gonna happen. I’m telling you right now what’s gonna happen. I’m escorting you out right now.”

“I want to go pee,” pleads the man.

“You’re not going to go pee,” the cop answers. “You’re not supposed to pee here.”

Moments later, the cop reaches back and brutally smacks the man across his face and tells Laclair “I’m not fucking around with you.”

The officer then accuses the man of “trying to fight me,” which the video clearly shows did not happen.

After placing the man in handcuffs, the cop proceeds to deliver a lecture: “I tell you what to do and you do it. It’s that simple,” he says.

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