Who is Antonio Clemente Rodriguez? Miami-Dade Police Officer
Antonio Clemente Rodriguez has been identified as A Miami-Dade police officer who has been relieved of duty after body-camera footage surfaced Wednesday night, July 1st of him hitting a woman who was yelling at him at Miami International Airport.
The video shows a masked officer speaking to a Black woman in a terminal on Wednesday when she becomes irate and begins taunting him. “You acting like you white when you really Black…what you want to do?” the woman says.
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The unmasked woman steps up to the man, putting her face right in his before he strikes her in the face. “She headbutted me,” he says as the officers rush in to handcuff her.
One law enforcement source said the woman was complaining loudly about a missed or delayed flight. A ticket agent called police. The officer showed up, the source said and tried to calm her but the confrontation escalated after she began shouting at him.
Antonio Clemente Rodriguez is a Black Officer of Puerto Rican heritage
Antonio Clemente Rodriguez was identified by multiple sources as per the Miami Herald. He is a Black officer of Puerto Rican heritage and is stationed at the airport. The identity of the woman — and what charges she faces — were not immediately known Wednesday. The video shot off a computer or TV screen began circulating Wednesday among law enforcement and was made public by documentary film director and activist Billy Corben.
Miami-Dade Police Director Statement
The Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo Ramirez said he has asked Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle to investigate the use of force in a series of tweets.
“I am shocked and angered by a body cam video that I just saw involving one of our officers. I’ve immediately initiated an investigation and ordered that the involved officers be relieved of duty,” Ramirez tweeted.
The video surfaced as protests across the country have erupted over police brutality, sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Floyd died after a Minneapolis officer pressed a knee on his neck; the officer was later charged with murder.
Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association Statement
The president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association said the officer hit her with an “open-hand slap,” sometimes called a “diversionary strike.”
“Clearly she was the aggressor. She was being asked to leave. She’s being belligerent and she pushes her face right into his face,” said PBA President Steadman Stahl.