VIDEO: Officer Labeled As Racist For Arrest Of Spring Breaker Who Kicked Him

Sandy Malone

Miami Beach police officers are under fire for the arrest of a woman visiting South Beach on Spring Break.

Miami Beach, FL – Miami Beach police are struggling as Spring Break and coronavirus shutdowns collided in South Beach, and now a viral video of an arrest has activists crying “racism” (video below).

The incident occurred at about 7 p.m. on March 11 while Miami Beach police officers were attempting to disperse large “unruly crowds” in the 800- and 900-blocks of Ocean Drive, WPLG reported.

Officers received a call that other officers needed assistance with multiple fights in the 900-block of Ocean Drive and responded quickly.

As they ran up on the scene, one of the officers saw a woman punching a police vehicle and cursing, WPLG reported.

The woman fled when she saw officers approaching.

An officer chased her southbound on Ocean Drive and that’s when 19-year-old Jaises Elam started “chasing (the first officer) in an attempt to obstruct him from making an arrest," according to police.

While chasing the first officer, she collided with a second officer who was joining in the chase.

A video captured on cell phone showed a police officer and a young woman, who were both running, collided in the middle of the street and both hit the ground hard.

The officer got up a split second before the woman tried to get up, and he pushed her back onto the pavement, the video showed.

The video showed the woman kicked the officer and he turned back and crouched down over her.

The video showed the officer appeared to be holding the woman near or on her neck, pinning her to the pavement.

The woman struggled and kicked the officer several more times in the video before additional officers arrived and helped the first officer to flip Elam onto her stomach and put her in handcuffs.

The police report said that Elam had been chasing an officer in an attempt to prevent him from making an arrest when she crashed into the other officer, WPLG reported.

"Ms. Elam collided with me during the chase, resulting in both of us falling to the ground,” the officer wrote in the report. “As I got up, I attempted to catch up with the [other officer] to assist with the arrest. Ms. Elam quickly turned towards me and violently kicked me with both feet.”

“I subdued Ms. Elam by holding her to the ground until other police officers arrive,” the report continued. “Ms. Elam was soon arrested without further incident.”

Elam was charged with battery on a police officer and resisting an officer without violence, WPLG reported.

She complained of soreness and was seen by medics at the scene before she was transported for booking.

The police report said all of the officers involved in Elam’s arrest were wearing bodycams, WPLG reported.

The chairman of the local Miami-Dade NAACP chapter raised a ruckus after he saw the video of the arrest.

“What I saw there was a blatant disregard and disrespect for the visitors — black visitors — on the beach and somehow it appeared to me that they had the approval to do so,” Ruben Roberts said.

But police official pushed back and said that race had nothing to do with the incident, WPLG reported.

“If you come to Miami Beach to cause problems, we will intervene and take enforcement action,” Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements warned.

The local police union released a statement in support of the officers, WPLG reported.

“The Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police Lodge (FOP) #8 fully supports and defends our officers’ actions as it pertains to the recent videos that were posted online,” FOP President Kevin Millan said in a statement. “Although three (3) separate videos were posted, this is one (1) chaotic incident involving a hostile crowd. The videos, along with the police officers body camera footage, captured the hostile crowd, fights, and disorderly actions of numerous spring breakers. We are confident that a fair and thorough investigation will result in all officers being cleared of any wrongdoing.”

Millan called out Roberts for trying to cause a divide at a time when the city needed to come together, WPLG reported.

“We are offended to have such a label as racists used to describe us by opportunists,” the police union boss said. “The Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police is particularly saddened at the use of this label at a time when we should be focused on the COVID-19 public health crisis. Our primary concern is the safety and welfare of our residents and tourists.”

Miami Mayor Dan Gelber, a former federal prosecutor, stood up for the Miami Beach police officers, the Miami Herald reported.

“To convert this into a racial issue is really unfair,” Gelber said. “Our officers are protecting everyone, including the people coming here and the perpetrators.”

He said police were trying enforce the city’s emergency measures by shutting down crowds, the Miami Herald reported.

“When you have tens of thousands of people in a crowd, that’s what we’re targeting,” the mayor explained. “We’re not targeting a race. We’re targeting crowds.”

The local NAACP has called for the officers involved in Elam’s arrest to be terminated.

Watch video of the incident here below:

Comments (164)
ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Fuck the NAACP. They're nothing but a drain on society. You want to go after genuine cases of brutality? Have at it. But throwing the racism card at every police interaction with a black person is weak.

No. 1-50
shooter
shooter

Just let them all riot and kill each other.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Another entitled little bitch who can't even visit a city on vacation/spring break and follow the rules. And just because she's black the race baiters always assume they are innocent and never commit crime.

us3south
us3south

The woman screaming like a banshee on the video needs to be bitch slapped. Him, too.

flybynight
flybynight

Jungle fever plain and simple. 🤦‍♂️

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

Hoodrats, proving their lack of value to our planet.

Mylife183
Mylife183

The only thing racist about this video are the comments.
You people need therapy.
They made a mistake and ran into each other. Plain and simple.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Why do these videos always start at the point where the officer had no choice but to use physical force?

videoruss
videoruss

The old racism card. try obeying the law. See how that works out for you.

kpar62
kpar62

ZERO sympathy.

StephanieD
StephanieD

Direct result of a complete failure in parenting correctly, in teaching a child to act appropriately, to show others some respect, and also to be able to accept responsibility for their actions if they choose not to do so. See it more and more every day, just as disgusting today as it was yesterday and will be again tomorrow. Glad LEO’s in this case have both their superiors & their Mayors support.

Cops kid
Cops kid

Welcome... here's how it works when you like to act like a jack hole.
Come on vacation... Leave on probation

Cops kid
Cops kid

I feel bad for the cop

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Don’t wanna take any of our frequent trolls place , and not withstanding the terrible behavior displayed, I find it kinda ironic that on a post about racism, there’s a lot of racist remarks. We tell everyone not to judge all law enforcement by the deed of a few bad , and yet we paint minority’s with a broad brush. I know the stat’s , but shouldn’t we judge each individual on their merit’s ?

XIHP308
XIHP308

Some people don't know the definition of racism just the word and how it can incite others.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Why is it every time a white officer has to arrest a black suspect it’s racism? That word is used so much just to get attention from the media and the people around. Evidently the actions of this female caused this officer to pursue her and he took her down. Furthermore it’s funny how she was a badass until officers started approaching her then she took off running. Officers need to start suing these people that slander their name in the public and the media. Then you have groups like NAACP that gets people pissed off even even though they know because of dumbasses filming
It shows there is no reason to holler racism. It’s like they want a check from these cities and slander officers in the process. Once they start getting sued that crap will stop!!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

it's almost like a certain group of people feel they should be except from having to follow the rules because of the color of their skin..... And when they do get arrested, they claim racism, because many politicians will pander to these groups for political gain, not because the officers were doing their jobs and stopping the criminals

Judid292
Judid292

They we’re running, they accidentally collided, he got up to continue his aide to fellow policemen, she kicked him, he had to turn around and subdue her for kicking him..... I don’t think he was thinking about her skin color.. he was thinking about this person who just kicked him. ~says a gun owning, nasty grandma, snowflake ~

Trefflek
Trefflek

Would be nice if the NAACP actually called out black people when they do Something wrong, instead of saying every black person is innocent.

Stanracer
Stanracer

You assault an officer, you get arrested. Simple. Oh wait, I forgot. Laws don't apply to black people. Sorry about that. (Sarc)

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Right, I agree, termination is warranted here, not the officers, the troublemakers.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Stupid MF spring breakers in a coronavirus national emergency shouldn't be in crowds. Oh wait. they don't give a rat's ass about anyone but themselves so what's new with that? And the local NAACP, instead of saying the people should not be gathering and doing some social good, instead turn everything into the race card. A bunch of idiots who should all be incarcerated.

Saints
Saints

NAACP IS TRYING TO STIR SOCIETY INTO ALOT MORE THEN WHAT IT IS..WHAT VIDEO ARE THEY WATCHING??? THE OFFICER'S REPORT CONCORDANT WITH VIDEO 100%.... STOP STIRRING
RACE BAITING DOESN'T HELP ANYONE

buzzard60
buzzard60

When are people going to figure out that "stupid" isn't a race yet the race-baiters are constantly insinuating it is synonymous with their race?

Schick56
Schick56

Race, always about race, 😠😠😠

Real American
Real American

It is evident that she hit him to stop him or slow him down. She needed to be arrested. The NAACP needs to back up.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

More blacks behaving badly. Don't they know there's a Pandemic going on?

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

That "lady" instigated the confrontation and got what she deserves. The NAACP is just a legal racist organization created by demonrats.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

What was that ruckus?
Uh, what ruckus?
I was just in my office and I heard a ruckus.
Could you describe the ruckus, sir?

186
186

Spring break in Miami 0% College students 100% Gang bangers

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Obama era participation trophy spoiled pieces of shit! No respect for Law Enforcement. These kids think this coronavirus is a joke, well the percentage of kids their age is rising real fast

Mamababy123
Mamababy123

They always cry racism. It’s old already. Just friggen old. Don’t act a fool and your life will be fine!

Sgt Rock
Sgt Rock

My nigga!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Who is racist?

KurtissK
KurtissK

There isn't a more racist organization than the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). How is it that an organization whose very name is racist, would be calling ANYONE else out as the same?

Bob480hivolt
Bob480hivolt

The naacp is a terrorist organization.

Mbonfan
Mbonfan

Moon crickets

LynnSB
LynnSB

Well I don’t understand why they’re surprised she assaulted an officer I don’t give a shit what color she is

Just my opinion
Just my opinion

So people who are black should be allowed to commit crimes and get away scott free? The NAACP is a racist organization, and they are moronic assholes!

Spaniard65
Spaniard65

NAACP AND BLM ARE THE RACIST ANTAGONISTS. SO ARE THE IDIOTIC MORONS COMMENTING ON THE VIDEO.

M1a1commander2015
M1a1commander2015

I can imagine How Candace Owens would rip into the NAACP if She saw this.

lobo267
lobo267

Maybe the NAACP should go down there and gather their youngins up and take em back home. The only ones being racist is the NAACP and the people filming it.

Dekez
Dekez

If he going to get fired or sued anyway he should’ve given her brain damage and confined to a wheelchair. What the heck. At least get your money’s worth.

elrayoex
elrayoex

It looks like SHE broadsided him. He shoulder struck in defence and they both hit the deck. She also did (looked like she kicked him with both feet) and/or said something to him immediately afterwards. She was obviously flying over to the area where the other cops were involved, so the officers on the scene would have the whole story. She definitely DID NOT need to be full out running toward an officer involved situation. Play stupid games win stupid prizes. Calling it racist is also stupid.

elrayoex
elrayoex

Klansmen? Really? Nobody called him a nigger.

RunCop
RunCop

Lowest common denominators at it again.

Clint.Lorance
Clint.Lorance

Race card is a cop out. God forbid you take responsibility for your actions. No sympathy for these thugs.

Poppy'sGirl
Poppy'sGirl

There's more to this video than anyone sees. Research shows this woman running from another police officer (A) after kicking and punching a police vehicle. The other officer(B) was running from another direction to catch up with another officer he was trying to assist when both people(Police Officer B and the woman) collided with each other. She was trying to evade another cop (Police Officer A & thought she'd got caught) and assaulted (through kicking) Police Officer B she collided with. He pushed her out of the way trying to catch up with the other Police Officer C, when the woman persisted in kicking him. What was Police Officer B supposed to do? Allow her to continue to kick and assault him? She now posed a problem. It was his duty to arrest her, especially after assaulting him (Police Officer B). Nothing about race enters this picture. These are just police officers called in to do their jobs and stop violent people from escalating further. Their job is to close down the crowds because of the Coviid-19 (Corona Virus). There's bound to be opposition to the Officers, but come on people. Let's be civilized and do what the police are asking so everyone can be safe and no one gets hurt or arrested. Quit acting out and then blaming others for your bad decisions. Take responsibility for yourself. Be safe & God Bless!

janelevis
janelevis

I don't think this was necessarily a rasict act - but I do believe it is a very good example of abuse of power. The officer may have been doing "his duty" after she kicked off him although she hardly even made contact - but in her defense it looked as though she was merely defending herself. The initial collision was accidental and the cop had no reason to aggressively push her as he did. It wasn't until he did so that she attempted to kick her feet, obviously not to injure the officer but to get her assailant away from her. I highly doubt she even realized it was a police officer until he came at her the second time and held her to the ground by her throat. The people who are calling her a "thug" and saying "she deserved it" are most likely white, and racists themselves, and who only view these videos to post derogatory hateful comments towards blacks. For the record, I am WHITE.
All lives matter. JUSTICE MATTERS.

Prez54
Prez54

And why is there a spring break at all, when people are unable to work? Where does the money come from to go out and cause havoc? Close this down! Stop the spread!


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