WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – One of four men arrested outside a nightclub in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami said police officers used excessive force during the incident. difficult takedownleaving him covered in blood and bruises.
Christian Llanos spoke to 7News after he left the Knight Turner Guilford Correctional Center in West Miami-Dade, Saturday.
He maintained his chastity during an early Friday morning meeting with officers outside Centro Wynwood.
“Absolutely disappointed, because we did nothing wrong,” he said.
Llanos said the mayhem came after he and a group of friends left the club and witnessed his brother being attacked.
“Two random guys came, came up to my brother, slapped him,” he said.
Llanos said as soon as he ran to help his siblings, two City of Miami police officers arrived.
“The police beat me from behind, completely pressing down on my face. They handcuffed us; [the officer] grabbed my leg and pulled me while I was handcuffed. I hit my head on the car,” Llanos said.
That’s when, Llanos said, the people who attacked them before the officers arrived ran away.
When officers started beating him and his friend, Llanos said, his friend, Antonio Ordonez, took out his cell phone and started recording.
Ordonez spoke to 7News on Friday.
“[The officer] he just beat him nonstop,” he said.
Footage shows an officer repeatedly punching Llanos as he lies on the sidewalk.
Llanos and three others were arrested and sent to prison.
But video posted online by Only in Dade shows the men hurling punches at police before they are knocked down.
In the arrest report, one officer wrote a man “hit me in the flank/waist region and aggressively grabbed me and pushed me.”
Another officer said, “I got hit in the right side of my face.”
But Llanos said the officers’ response was outrageous.
“We did nothing wrong. All we’re doing is protecting someone very dear to us, because these two want an argument for some reason. We don’t even know why,” he said.
Llanos hopes the situation and the officer, who left his scarred and swollen face, will be fully investigated.
“It’s amazing what they’ve done, I really think. I understand they want to contain the situation, but this does not contain the situation. I don’t see this as containing the situation,” he said.
A spokesperson for the Miami Police released a statement that read: “Based on internal investigative procedures, the Miami Police Department is actively reviewing all videos and corroborating evidence relating to the incident. use of force and will take appropriate action if any violations are identified.”
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