Just recently, a video online showing a belligerent woman being carried out by several police officers at a college football game in Florida. Shockingly, while being removed from the stadium, she swung at one of the cops and him in the head. In response, the officer struck back and landed a solid punch to her face.
Stunned by the blow, she stopped flailing around while the officers continued to carry her outside of the stadium. They then promptly her and charged her with “disorderly conduct.” To add insult to injury, they also charged her with “felony battery” for hitting an officer.
Specifically, Bridgitte Freitas, a 30-year-old nurse, was recently caught on video striking an officer in the face while being forcibly ejected from a college football game between Virginia Tech and the University of Miami at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. According to reports, Freitas was kicked out of the stadium for “arguing with stadium patrons and using profanity in a loud boisterous manner,” because it created too much of a disturbance for those around her.
“Several attempts were made to calm [her] down and walk [her] up the stairwell of the stadium bowl,” explained an officer familiar with the incident during a recent interview. Freitas, however, refused to leave. Instead, she sat down on the steps and tried to keep watching the game.
Frustrated, more officers were called to the scene. They then picked her up off the ground and proceeded to carry her out. It was during this time that she hit one of the officers, who was later identified as Detective Ross, before being struck back.
“She looked like she had no control of herself and she was refusing to leave the stadium. This is why it took four police officers to get her out,” mentioned Eric Argueta, who was there to witness the incident.
Following the incident, Alvaro Zabaleta, a Miami-Dade Police Detective, provided reporters with more details. “After responding to a disturbance, the person in the video was being removed from the event by our officers for being disorderly. She was subsequently arrested for Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Disorderly Conduct/Breach of the peace,” stated Zabaleta.
“Supervisory personnel are aware of the video and are reviewing the incident to ensure compliance with our policies and procedures,” he added, noting, “promoting a safe and secure environment during any special event is our primary concern.”
Unsurprisingly, the response to the video has been mixed. Some people, for instance, were absolutely outraged by the officer’s actions.
“Excessive force. Girl’s drunk and flailing harmlessly. No need to hit her like that,” complained one viewer.
“He needs to be fired. Trained professionals need to be held to a higher standard,” added another.
Others, however, were quick to condemn Freitas. For example, in response to someone who was calling on the girl’s family to sue the officer, one person , “the family? [Bridget Freitas] is 30 years old, can she not handle things herself? Time to grow up, stop drinking and stop assaulting others.”
The family?is 30 years old, can she not handle things herself? Time to grow up, stop drinking and stop assaulting others.
— Mrz 👩🏼🎤Mazz (@mrzmazz)
Another person , “there is no controversy. Bridget Freitas (30 years dumb) hit a cop twice while drunkenly resisting removal and arrest.”
A third critic of Freitas , “Bridget Freitas is a disgrace to nursing. Hopefully, she will be fired. Real nurses do not hit people and they are not addicts and alcoholics.”
Hopefully, Freitas is held accountable for her actions and ultimately convicted of felony battery. Doing so would send a strong message to the rest of the country that a police officer will not be .