Officer Investigated After Telling Black Driver ‘That’s How You Get Killed’

A Miami police officer has been placed on administrative duty after video captured him telling a black driver ‘This is how you get killed here’ as the driver said he had trouble locating his driver’s license and registration.

Video of last week’s incident in North Miami Beach shows the driver and officer exchanging words through the car window after Gerardson Nicolas, 29, told Local 12 News he was arrested for a seat belt violation.

“Are you going to jail today?” the officer asks him in the video posted on social media and shared with local media.

“I’m going to work, man,” replies Nicolas.

“No, you’re not going to work,” the officer said.

“I’m going to work,” said Nicolas.

“You are going to give me your driver’s license. Give me your driver’s license, your car registration document and your insurance. Otherwise, you won’t go to work today. Simple thing, man. That’s how you get killed here, man. Registration,” the officer said.

“What? Say it again,” Nicholas said.

Nicolas told NBC Miami that he began recording their interaction after the officer opened his car door and removed the key from his ignition. He told Local 12 News he thought things escalated so quickly because he was black.

“I was looking for my stuff, my license because I didn’t see my wallet,” he told NBC Miami. “I was looking for my wallet and it wasn’t my car, it was my mum’s car and I didn’t know where the license plate was, I was looking, looking. He got mad.”

The Miami Dade Police Department said it is investigating the traffic stop, including reviewing the officer’s body camera footage and other related evidence.

“The officer’s patrol duty has been replaced with administrative duties pending a full investigation into the traffic stop, the officer’s comments and his conduct,” the department said Thursday in a statement to HuffPost. who declined further comment due to the ongoing investigation.

“Rest assured that we are committed to transparency and community trust and that we will deal with all matters of public interest fairly, equitably and in accordance with applicable laws,” the statement added.


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