Die hard sports fans are known to be fiercely protective over their teams–even if they are winning. Well one University of Miami football fan got into a verbal altercation with other fans which was so disruptive that the cops were called in to remove her from the Hard Rock Stadium. In the process, she slapped one of the officers who decided that one good turn deserves another.
ABC News reported that 30-year-old Bridget Freitas, a Hispanic woman, was “using profanity in a loud, boisterous manner” when the officers arrived at the scene. She outright refused the officers’ request that she immediately move to the concourse. The irate nurse decided to sit on the steps instead blocking the walkway. Freitas continued to be belligerent but what happened next was caught on video.
Four uniformed officers proceeded to pick Freitas up in the air and carry her up the stairs. She wrestled with police wildly flailing her arms. She then appeared to take a swing at Detective Douglas Ross. The officer was carrying the woman’s right leg when she backhanded him in his face.
THE U IS BACK BABY pic.twitter.com/EtxdOmWr6Z
— 5th Year (@5thYear) November 5, 2017
Ross almost instinctively punched Freitas in the head with his closed fist which made her fall backwards and collapse into the officers’ arms. Some witnesses said that the woman appeared to be unconscious as they quickly carried her out of the seating area.
Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta told ABC News via email that Freitas has been charged with felony battery on a police officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The department is investigating the incident to ensure that proper police procedures were followed during the arrest. Thanks to eyewitnesses and cell phone video, there should be a swift resolution in the matter.
But in the court of public opinion, there are people who on one hand, believed that Freitas deserved to be punched. She was being a nuisance and struck a police officer who was just doing his job. On the other hand, Ross is a strong Black man who others believe was out of line and should be able to subdue a suspect in other ways or at least be able to take a hit.
If they fire him, Im joining #BlueLivesMatter and fighting for his job back
— NOtReaLLyNuSe™ (@NOtReaLLyNuSe) November 5, 2017
As many comments I’ve seen after a cop punches someone and the response was “shouldn’t have assaulted a cop” well what’s the difference
— Alaric May (@A_may1422) November 5, 2017
Dude is going to be looking for a job in the morning..
— Bills Fans Matter (@BillsFansmatt3r) November 5, 2017
While there is no confirmation yet on whether or not Freitas was intoxicated or otherwise impaired, evidence of such would be taken into account by investigators. Needless to say, the incident was an unfortunate one that made the University of Miami’s victory over Virginia Tech a memorable one–for all the wrong reasons…