Man Says Arresting Officers Knocked Out His Teeth, Beat His Girlfriend At NE Miami-Dade Mall; police say girlfriend punched detective – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports


NORTHEAST OF MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man says officers used excessive force when detaining his girlfriend in a mall parking lot, and when he intervened they beat so hard they broke his teeth.

Cellphone video captured the moment a Miami-Dade police officer drew his gun and pointed it at members of a group at the mall, located along Northeast Sixth Avenue northeast of Miami Dade, Monday.

A few centimeters from the officer who had his weapon drawn, the police had pinned Byjhon Losier to the ground. He spoke to 7News about the tough eliminations on Wednesday.

He said officers grabbed his girlfriend, RaQueRia Dowdell, and threw her to the ground.

“[They] beat her and dropped her on the ground,” he said.

“They grabbed her by the chest and pulled her to the ground,” witness Jeffrey Baptiste said.

Witnesses said the tense moments eased after officers asked the group if they could search them for firearms. The group said it had authorized the search and was clean.

After the officers’ search turned up empty, according to witnesses, Losier’s girlfriend questioned them, and that’s when the situation deteriorated.

Witnesses pulled out their cellphones and began recording when, they said, officers brutally detained Dowdell.

Losier says he intervened.

“One of them punched me right there,” he said, touching the back of the neck.

Losier said he had lost several upper front teeth, his face was cut, and the skin on his lower leg was peeled off.

Losier said the beating also left him with bruises all over his body.

“They were really aggressive,” Baptiste said.

But investigators said the person arrested omitted the part where Dowdell interfered in police business, yelling at officers and allegedly punching one of them.

Just before being handcuffed, the arrest report says she was “shouting profanity…causing a disturbance/breach of the peace.”

Once apprehended, the arrest report further states that Dowdell “kicked [the] detective in the face…several times.

Moments later, as witnesses videotaped him, one of the officers grabbed his pistol.

“He just took [out] his gun,” he said.

Baptiste said the officer pointed the gun at him, even though he didn’t do anything physical or make any threats. He has also not been arrested or charged.

“When he was holding the gun aside, he wasn’t even paying attention,” he said. “He could have shot me accidentally, so what were you going to say?”

Police arrested Dowdell and charged her with battery on an officer. Losier was charged with resisting arrest without violence. They have since bonded in prison.

A Miami-Dade police spokesperson said officers from the department’s Intracoastal Unit were working that night on a crime-busting detail to handle complaints of drug dealing and loitering in the mall. .

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