A Miami-Dade police officer is suspended after shocking video shows three officers violently arresting a Black woman who called for help after someone threatened her with a gun.
The video, circulated on social media late Wednesday, shows officers force Dyma Loving to the ground before wrenching her arms backward to handcuff her, then arrest her. The chaos unfolded early last week in South Miami-Dade, according to the Miami Herald.
“Do not touch me! Do not touch me!” Loving, 26, says as officers try to take her down.
A woman filming the incident implores officers to “please stop!” as they proceed to grab Loving by the wrists, one of them placing her in a head lock before wrestling her onto the grass.
According to authorities, the woman’s violent arrest unfolded as police were questioning a man who’d allegedly pointed a gun at her.
Loving told The Miami New Times that she and her friend Adrianna Green were on their way to run errands when Green’s 50-year-old neighbor, Frank Tumm, called the women “whores.” The parties exchanged words, and that’s when Loving says Tumm, who’s white, pulled out a shotgun and threatened to “shoot my burnt black-ass face off my neck.”
Fearing for their lives, the women fled to safety and dialed 911.
Authorities responded to the call just after 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, and questioned Tumm, who denied having a gun. A witness initially backed up his claim, a police report states. The same witness recanted just a few minutes later and said Tumm had indeed pointed a gun at Loving.
Meanwhile, Loving and Green were being questioned by another officer, Alejandro Giraldo.
“He started interrogating us like we were the suspects,” Loving said in an interview with the New Times. “I asked if he could escort us back to my friend’s house so I could put my phone on a charger and call my children. I had just had my life threatened and was terrified.”
The 26-year-old was ultimately arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting a police officer. After spending four hours in the back of a police car, Loving said she was jailed at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, where she remained until she posted $150 bond at 3. a.m. the next day.
As for Giraldo, a spokesperson for the Miami-Dade Police Department confirmed that he has since been relieved of duty and that an investigation is ongoing.
Tumm was arrested a week after the incident and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.