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4 Police officers relieved of duty pending an investigation

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Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation)

Four Miami-Dade police officers are currently being investigated due to an excessive force complaint.

The complaint stims from an arrest made early Monday at a hotel near Collins Avenue and 15th Street.

According to the report, a suspect identified as 24-year-old Dalonta Crudup ran his bike into an officer and attempted to flee into the hotel.

Officers followed him into the hotel and made an arrest.

During Crudup’s arrest a witness, 28-year-old Khalid Vaughn, began filming the arrest believing the officers were mishandling the situaiton:

“When I walked in, somebody pushed me to the side, ran in, cops came in behind him, had him in handcuffs and started beating him,” he said. “I started recording it, like, he already got him in handcuffs, you don’t have to beat him. Turn around, kicks me, beat me.”

That’s when Vaugh says he suddenly found himself being beaten and arrested as well.

Vaugh was taken to Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation but then later released at the recommendation of Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements.

Chief Clements then ordered an internal investigation into the use of force by officers during the arrest.

“I was just recording and doing nothing illegal,” Vaughn said. “I never been arrested in my life, so this is a terrible first time.”

Charges against Vaughn are expected to be dropped.

Chief Clements has since released a statement concerning the incident:

“This is not indicative of the hardworking men and women of the Miami Beach Police Department and will not be tolerated in response. I immediately initiated an internal affairs investigation and relieved four officers of duty until such time as the investigation is complete.”

The officers have been relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.