Miami-Dade County

Cell phone video shows moments after cop car hit child crossing street

The scene was frantic moments after a Miami police officer in his patrol car hit a 6-year-old boy on a scooter Wednesday evening.

The child is in stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital, but the incident is being investigated.

Bystanders rushed to the side of 6-year old Antoine Lawson as he lay crumpled on the road.

A police statement said Antoine, who was crossing the street on his blue scooter at NW 5th Avenue and 58th Street, “suddenly appeared between two parked trucks, which made it impossible to see him before the incident occurred.”

Video shows that as a Miami Police officer checked the boy for a pulse, witnesses lashed out at police on scene.

“He was twisted up, head leaking. It looked like he was dead,” family friend Zahkina Simon told Miami Herald news partner CBS4.

Antoine Lawson had a “few broken bones and other injuries,” according to police.

“He’s breathing. He don’t have any brain damage. Everything is okay,” said Simon.

Police said the officer was Ervens Ford II, who’s been with the Miami Police department since April 1, 2014.

“At this point, It doesn’t appear that speed was a factor,” Major Delrish Moss with City of Miami Police told CBS4.

The TV station reports that many witnesses say the officer was speeding and that it’s common on that street.

“That block right there. They are always zooming past,” said Simon. “I think there should be justice and I think that my friend should have some type of closure. I think that they should fire him. He don’t need to be on the force because police are supposed to help people not hurt babies. That’s how I feel.”

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