VIDEO: Soon-To-Be Former Cop Kicks Suspect's Head Like Soccer Ball

A Miami police officer was suspended after he was caught on video delivering a running kick to a suspect's head.

Miami, FL – A Miami police officer was suspended on Thursday after a video surfaced on Facebook that showed him kicking a suspect in the head while the man was being handcuffed (video below).

“The video depicts a clear violation of policy,” Miami Police Chief Jorge R. Colina said in a statement, The Washington Post reported.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle ordered an investigation that could lead to possible prosecution of the officer, who has been identified as Miami Police Officer Mario Figueroa, the Miami Herald reported.

The incident took place just before 10 a.m. on Thursday, when Miami police officers chased a suspected car thief into Culmer Apartments on Northwest Eighth Street and Seventh Avenue in the Overtown section of Miami.

Resident Lisa Harrell captured the end of the chase on video as the suspect, 31-year-old David Vladim Suazo, found himself trapped in a courtyard of the apartment complex, the Miami Herald reported.

Harrell told the Miami Herald she saw Suazo running back and forth through courtyards in the apartment complex until he realized he had no way out, and gave himself up.

"He ran around and then he was face-to-face with police," Harrell said. "He put his hands on his head. The police said lay down. He did. And then the police just came and kicked him."

In the video, Suazo was prone on the grass with his arms behind his back. An officer went over and began to put handcuffs on him.

Then, from the right side of the screen, Officer Figueroa ran towards the suspect and delivered a running kick to his head, before jumping on top of him to assist with the arrest, the video showed.

The police report was released on late Thursday afternoon and explained that officers had spotted the suspect in a stolen Jeep Cherokee and pursued him.

Suazo crashed the Jeep over the sidewalk and into a walk, before he jumped out and fled on foot, according to the report.

Police said that at first, when officers caught up with him, Suazo had refused to comply with police commands, the Miami Herald reported.

The police report said Suazo took a fighting stance at Officer Figueroa and the officer deployed his Taser at the suspect, but it was ineffective.

Then another officer fired a Taser at Suazo and took him to the ground, the report said.

The report does not mention Officer Figueroa’s kick to the suspect’s head, the Miami Herald reported.

Fernandez Rundle said she watched the video “with indignation” and has instructed Assistant State Attorney Johnette Hardiman, of the department's public corruption unit, to immediately start an investigation.

"I was shocked and appalled by what I saw," the state attorney said.

Officer Figueroa was immediately suspended, pending an investigation. He has been a member of the Miami PD for two years.

Suazo was charged with vehicle theft, fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, and resisting an officer without violence, The Washington Post reported.

Watch the officer take a running kick at the suspect’s head in the video below:

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Katarina
Katarina

What was he thinking? He seemed to have full view of the situation and the guy didn't seem to be resisting. I think his career in law enforcement is over, and rightfully so.

Marxest
Marxest

I'm surprised this display of unnecessary violence appeared on this website. That video doesn't paint the officer in a good light and this is a pro - law enforcement website. But at least it was caught on video and the officer can face the consequences of his actions.

FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

As a cop myself I am disgusted with what that officer did! No excuse whatsoever....adrenaline can make one do stupid things but you have to be able to control it and do the right thing....Thats what makes a good cop! Self control and dicipline in the heat of the moment!

Betts122
Betts122

"All " cops do not act out like this. But then since you are a far left liberal that explains your attitude. What this cop did was obviously wrong and of course he should be punished for doing this and fired. But don't make
all police officers out to be bad. Most police officers are good people.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

The guy was down, not resisting and he gets kicked. I normally always side with the cops but this one needs to be kicked out. Shame on him. He's the ones that give the rest of them a bad name.

Ferox45
Ferox45

Goal!!! LOL. Do I feel sorry for the criminal? Not a chance!

John-Brown
John-Brown

Really stupid move on the officers part and he will be dealt with, but the headline is misleading. The POS saw the officer coming and turned his head and to me, he was barely even touched. And no report that he was injured at all.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn must be one of your aliases that you occasionally plant on this site to prove your point. If it's not, I doubt they are in law enforcement. Either way, as you can see all of the other comments overwhelmingly are in favor of getting rid of that officer.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Please Lowest I would never be on your team. That would require getting high constantly and living in a delusional world.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Good job by the cop! Don't run from the police and this won't happen but of course the softie criminal lovers will have their say.

JBo
JBo

gfc1963...it was the wrong move on the cop's part. He should never have done it. At the time of the kick, he wasn't running. As for being a softie criminal lover, not really. Retired cop with 30+ years who knows that this doesn't help the public's perception of us.

b1rd
b1rd

H_C Dumbass I try to keep my words monosyllabic in hopes that you can understand.
The entire statement is monosyllabic because it doesn't take much to show your ignorance.

b1rd
b1rd

By the way, what was the really stupid comment you deleted?

b1rd
b1rd

H_C Dumbass you said
“This is ALL those cops acting how they would act when they don't know a camera is on them.”
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You did say “all cops” “ acting how they would act when they don't know a camera is on them.”
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Pretty clear there dumbass.
@Betts122 was correct.

Eaglescout
Eaglescout

Wow, he got fired. How terrible. He'll be assaulting whoever he wants when he's hired by another police force in a few weeks. Same thing happened in Ohio yesterday. Caught on film. That cop got the normal paid vacation.

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Eaglescout
Eaglescout

Keep up the good work guys

Sergeant PJB
Sergeant PJB

This idiot is the kind that gives law enforcement a black eye and reflects on the 99 percent of officers who strive to do the right thing. He does need to be fired.

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

Not good. Cops don’t need these rogue warriors in their departments. Makes them all look bad & puts all their lives in danger. The war against cops is bad enough. Why would any one of them want to add to it? Worse, taking down their fellow officers with them. ? Smh

Propolice
Propolice

He definitely needed a damn good kick! Why is everyone always whining over the criminal? That ass coulda killed someone with the vehicle or gotten the police injured! Please people when a criminal hurts you or your family make sure to take care of him🤬 and don’t bother the police.

tfort
tfort

You can't act unlawfully just due to a criminals actions. If so, then a citizen should kick the head of an officer when the officer makes an unlawful stop/search/arrest. Get it?