WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – One of four men who were arrested outside a nightclub in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood said officers used excessive force during the difficult removal, leaving him bloodied and bruised.
Christian Llanos spoke to 7News after leaving Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in West Miami-Dade on Saturday.
He maintained his innocence during Friday morning’s encounter with officers outside Centro Wynwood.
“Disappointed, completely, because we didn’t do anything wrong,” he said.
Llanos said chaos unfolded after he and a group of friends left the club and saw his brother being attacked.
“Two random guys stopped, walked up to my brother, slapped him,” he said.
Shortly after running to help his brother, Llanos said, two Miami City police officers arrived.
“The officer hits me from the back, completely hanging on the side of my face. They handcuffed us; [the officer] grabs my leg and pulls me while I’m handcuffed. I hit my head on the car,” Llanos said.
It was then, Llanos said, that the men who had attacked them before the officers arrived fled.
When the officers started beating him and his friends, Llanos said, his friend Antonio Ordonez took out his cell phone and started recording.
Ordonez spoke to 7News on Friday.
“[The officer] is just hitting it nonstop,” he said.
Footage shows an officer repeatedly punching Llanos as he lay on the sidewalk.
Llanos and three others were arrested and imprisoned.
But video posted online by Only in Dade showed men throwing punches at police before being shot.
In the arrest report, an officer wrote that a man “punched me in the ribs/waist, grabbed me aggressively and pushed me.”
Another officer said, “I was hit on the right side of my face.
But Llanos said the officers’ response was excessive.
“We didn’t do anything wrong. All we were doing was defending someone very dear to us, because these two guys wanted to fight for some reason. We don’t even know why,” he said.
Llanos hopes the situation and the officer who he said left his face scarred and swollen will be fully investigated.
“It’s unjustified for what they did, I really think so. I understand that they wanted to contain the situation, but it is not containing the situation. I don’t see that as containing the situation,” he said.
A Miami Police Department spokesperson released a statement that reads: “In accordance with its internal investigative protocols, the Miami Police Department is actively reviewing all video and testimonial evidence related to the use of the force and will take appropriate action if violations are identified”.
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