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Video shows Miami Beach police detective punch handcuffed woman in face

A detective with the Miami Beach Police Department has been suspended after surveillance video showed him punching a handcuffed woman in the face and then kicking her.

Police said Detective Philippe Archer attacked the woman June 26, 2013, in the parking garage at the Miami Beach Police Department and later failed to note the attack in his report.

VIDEO: Cuffed woman attacked

The woman Archer attacked, Megan Adamescu, 29, had been arrested outside a South Beach condominium after allegations that she was intoxicated and uncooperative.

Police said the footage of Adamescu's attack was reviewed by the FBI and Miami-Dade County state attorney's office, but both declined to charge Archer. An internal affairs investigation, however, determined that Archer be suspended for 160 hours.

"My disciplinary action speaks for itself," Chief Daniel Oates said in a statement. "This event occurred nearly two years ago, before much of the current city and police department leadership was in place. Everyone, including the officer involved, has learned from this event. We are moving forward."

According to Miami Beach police, Archer was found to have violated several department and city rule violations, including excessive use of force, mistreatment of a prisoner, conduct unbecoming an employee of the city, and negligence and inefficiency in the performance of his duties.

A police disciplinary memo to Archer stated, "You met this slight woman's meager schoolyard kick with excessive, unnecessary, and unwarranted use of force."

According to the Miami New Times Archer was also cited for taking a photo while smiling with his arm around Adamescu.

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A detective with the Miami Beach Police Department has been suspended after surveillance video showed him punching a handcuffed woman in the face and then kicking her.

Police said Detective Philippe Archer attacked the woman June 26, 2013, in the parking garage at the Miami Beach Police Department and later failed to note the attack in his report.

VIDEO: Cuffed woman attacked

The woman Archer attacked, Megan Adamescu, 29, had been arrested outside a South Beach condominium after allegations that she was intoxicated and uncooperative.

Police said the footage of Adamescu’s attack was reviewed by the FBI and Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office, but both declined to charge Archer. An internal affairs investigation, however, determined that Archer be suspended for 160 hours.

“My disciplinary action speaks for itself,” Chief Daniel Oates said in a statement. “This event occurred nearly two years ago, before much of the current city and police department leadership was in place. Everyone, including the officer involved, has learned from this event. We are moving forward.”

According to Miami Beach police, Archer was found to have violated several department and city rule violations, including excessive use of force, mistreatment of a prisoner, conduct unbecoming an employee of the city, and negligence and inefficiency in the performance of his duties.

A police disciplinary memo to Archer stated, “You met this slight woman’s meager schoolyard kick with excessive, unnecessary, and unwarranted use of force.”

According to the Miami New Times Archer was also cited for taking a photo while smiling with his arm around Adamescu.

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