I watched the video of Miami police officer Fernando Bosch striking a distraught relative of a slain man whose body lay covered on the ground in Overtown as police processed the crime scene. Overcome with grief, two of the victim’s brothers rushed past police tape to get to the body. Of course, officers had to restrain the men in order to protect the crime scene. But the video clearly shows that the man in question had stopped resisting and was simply standing with his hands down when Bosch swung on him striking him in the face.
As expected, the police and the police union jumped the proverbial gun trying to defend one of their own. Now that the pesky video keeps getting played, they appear to be backtracking. Bosch remains on duty while the police say they are now investigating the incident. Had there not been a video of the incident there would likely be no investigation.
What at least some of us in the public are seeing in that video is an out-of-control cop hitting a person for no apparent reason except that he’s angry. He had no right to do that even if the man was being verbally belligerent (and we have no proof that he was).
But Bosch, known for his appearance on the television program The First 48, crossed the line. It’s the line that’s supposed to protect unarmed citizens from the excesses of those who can legally kill us if we pose a threat to them.
Miami police should stop trying to protect Bosch. We are the ones who should be protected from the likes of him. In this city we have had our share of instances in which cops’ contempt results in someone being hurt or killed. This is especially the case for young black men who, possibly because of cop-biased incidents like this, seem to have more contempt for the police than, say, someone ensconced in Coral Gables or Pinecrest does.
Stop the cover up! The Miami Police Department is better than this. I know. I see and work with them almost every day in Overtown just a few blocks from where this shooting occurred.
Marvin Dunn, Palmetto Bay