Weekend Beach Melee - Caught On Tape
The Youtube video shows a Miami Beach police officer struggling to detain a woman half his size as a boisterous crowd gathers around.
Lt. Douglas Simon body slams the woman on the sand, sparking shouts of outrage from the growing crowd.
Meanwhile, a security guard is struggling to detain a man on the sand, putting him in what appears to be an illegal chokehold.
This prompts three men in the crowd to approach the guard with shouts of “you’re killing him,” ordering the guard to loosen his grip on the man.
Simon orders the men to back off from the unnamed security guard, who ends up loosening his chokehold grip on the man he is detaining.
More cops eventually arrive on the scene to place the two detainees in handcuffs.
Simon then rushes into the crowd and grabs a man in a New York Yankees cap to arrest him, one of the three men who had approached the security guard during the chokehold.
Questionable felony charges
Abelardo Antonio Soto, 29, was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence, felonies which can send him to prison for several years.
Police claim he tossed sand at Simon as he struggled with the woman, inciting the crowd. Police also claim he attacked Simon with a weapon, drawing a gash to the officer’s forehead.
None of this is supported by the videos, including the one above and the four below.
In fact, the only evidence on video that anybody was tossing sand comes in around the 1:05 mark in the second video and the sand is coming from the other direction from where Soto was standing.
And the sand falls harmlessly without anybody seeming to notice.
Soto can be heard yelling “that’s fucked up” after Simon body slams the woman, but many others were also yelling.
If anything, there is strong evidence against the security guard for using a chokehold that has been banned by many police departments across the country because it can be lethal.
Some police departments allow chokeholds only if they apply pressure to both sides of the neck, leaving the center of the neck untouched as officers demonstrate in this video.
The security guard had his forearm pressed tightly across the man’s neck, using his second hand to tighten his grip.
This is when the three men, including Soto, approached him, telling him to loosen his grip.
The woman who was body slammed is Sara Greenback, a 25-year-old woman who was kicked out of a Swedish House Mafia concert for “unruly behavior,” according to The Miami Herald.
As she was walking away, a security guard flagged down Simon to tell him about Greenback’s alleged misdeeds inside the concert.
Police said she took off running, so Simon had to chase her down in his ATV and body slam her. She was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence.
It is not clear what offenses the man in the chokehold committed but if he was also kicked out of the concert for unruly behavior, then they both should have been left alone as they were already out of the concert.
There are still many unanswered questions in the weekend incident involving Simon and many unsupported claims by police.
However, there were many cameras recording what took place, so hopefully there will be more videos posted on Youtube in the coming days.
Because without solid evidence of Soto’s innocence, he will most likely be convicted on Simon’s word alone.
This one show the beginning of the melee.
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