MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida. – A video circulating on social media shows the comments of a Miami-Dade police officer to a man during a traffic stop.
The stop took a threatening turn for the driver on his way to work.
“Give me your driver’s license, registration and insurance,” the officer says in the video. “Otherwise you won’t go to work today.”
The MDPD officer then made a very bold statement to the man.
“Simple thing man. This is how you get killed here, man,” the officer said.
The driver is Gerardson Nicolas, 29 years old. He was arrested for not wearing a seatbelt.
Nicolas says he feared for his life at the time.
“I can’t stop thinking about it. Still to this day, I can’t,” Nicolas said.
The incident happened around 8 a.m. Wednesday on northeast 159th Street and 18th Avenue.
The very real and raw video quickly went viral on social media.
What we don’t see in the video, according to Nicolas, is the officer snatching the keys from his ignition.
The video clearly shows him going through his wallet and calmly handing something to the officer.
Nicolas says he is still traumatized by the officer’s statement and the whole encounter.
I followed orders, stopped and he got aggressive hitting me with the door, that’s not right,” he said.
Miami-Dade police said they are aware of the video and are currently reviewing body camera footage, saying in a statement:
“The officer’s patrol duty has been replaced with administrative office duties pending a full investigation into the officer’s traffic stop, comments and conduct.”
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