The South Florida police officer was suspended after violently arresting a black woman who had called them to report a crime.
While on one end of the spectrum, there are black men being shot at within seconds, at the other end there is a black woman who got violently arrested by the police that she had called for help.
According to Miami Herald, Miami-Dade police relieved one of its officers of his regular duties when a video went viral on social media - showing him physically taking down a woman who had allegedly called for help. People have been outraged after seeing that the officer is putting the black woman in a headlock, and roughly takes her down. While she was the one who had reported the crime.
Dyna Loving had told that she called the police on March 5 after getting into an argument with her neighbor. Allegedly, the neighbor had waved a shotgun at her and that was the reason why she was alarmed and called the police.
She told reporters later that the neighbor had called her and her friend “whores.” She said the two had ignored it at first, but her friend Adrianna Green, eventually threw a potted plant toward the neighbor’s yard.
The neighbor, a white man, then allegedly pulled out a shotgun and said he would “shoot my burnt black-ass face off my neck,” she told the Miami New Times.
When Dyna called the police, they did show up. However, when they did, the officers reacted completely differently than what one would expect in their situation.
"He started interrogating us like we were the suspects," Loving says. "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. He was so rude and aggressive from the get-go," Loving continues. "He kept telling me I needed to calm down, but I was so scared at that moment."
The officer was later identified by the department as Alejandro Giraldo. In the video, which was filmed by Green and appears to start after she asks Giraldo to go to her friend’s house, one of the officers can be heard saying, “she needs to be corrected if anything.”
Loving, visibly upset, asks the police officers, “Why do I have to be corrected when my life was just threatened and my daughter’s sick? I just want to go to the store to charge my phone.”
Dyma Loving was arrested by @MiamiDadePD for failing to ‘calm down’ after being held at gunpoint and calling them for help. A white man, Frank Tumm, pulled out a shotgun and threatened he would “shoot your burnt black-ass face off your neck." 1/2https://t.co/sPt6uVwe3H pic.twitter.com/lSDQQ5vrln— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) 14 March 2019
The video shows that Giraldo steps towards her then seizes her arm and appears to push her toward the fence behind her as Green protests that she hadn’t done anything.
All this while, Loving had been repeatedly telling the officers to not touch her. But another officer also joins in to hold her wrists while Giraldo forcefully tries to handcuff her.
Video of a @MiamiDadePD officer arresting Dyma Loving has gone viral on social media. Now the officer has been relieved of duty during an investigation, and she’s telling her side of the story. Watch on @WPLGLocal10 at noon. pic.twitter.com/5iHf1DAlEo— Ian Margol (@IanMargolWPLG) 14 March 2019
Loving, though shouting, does not appear to physically resist. Then, Giraldo yanks his arm away, and—as Green repeatedly cries out, “Why are you doing this?”—places her in a headlock and wrestles her to the ground. The three officers then pin her to the ground.
“I just said I wanted to call my kid,” Loving shouts, still pinned to the ground. “My phone was dead. What do you not understand? I got a gun pointed in front of me and my kid is sick. I’m stressed out. I need to go call my children. I need to call my kids. I do not understand.”
Two of the officers then pull Loving forcefully to her feet and drag her to the car. Green then asked another officer, “Why does he have to handle her like that? She didn’t do anything wrong?” The officer replied, “I understand, but when he’s giving her orders and saying she’s being disorderly, she needs to calm down.”
The Root confirmed that the officer in question has been relieved of his regular responsibilities and is now on desk duty. Director Perez said the officer who had been disciplined was a tenured cop working with two rookies.
After video of the arrest went viral this week, Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez shared a statement on Twitter Wednesday night.
So I would just like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all the love and support I am alive so therefore I’m happy I get to see my kids again.Keep us in your prayers and again thank you I will keep you all posted with the details of things as they progress. Love— DBeauty1 (@dymaloving2992) 14 March 2019
“I don’t know what got into his mind,” Perez said. Loving was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting an officer without violence, both misdemeanor charges, WPLG reports.
According to the police reports, the two women had gotten into an argument with the neighbor who had insulted them without confrontation. While the women had ignored initially, the abuse had continued.
When Green had picked a plant into the yard of the neighbor - identified later as Frank Tumm - he pulled out his shotgun and threatened to shoot the two women. The Herald reports that as of Thursday, Tumm had yet to be charged with a crime.