Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Attention Miami Beach visitors and residents: Use caution when approaching Detective Philippe Archer. He's armed and extremely dangerous!

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Detective Philippe Archer just may be the Miami Beach Police Department's real-life version of fictional movie character Col. Willard Kurtz.

In the 1979 movie "Apocalypse Now", an army captain played by Martin Sheen, "is assigned to find ... Lt. Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), an AWOL Special Forces officer who has set himself up as an all-powerful avenging angel among head-hunting villagers in a Cambodian jungle," during the Vietnam war.

"Kurtz (Marlon Brando), is a renegade Green Beret officer who has taken refuge in the Cambodian jungles, where, to the fury of his superiors, he wages his own wars—for and against whom is left blurry—as the head of a group of ferocious Montagnard tribesmen."
Like Brando's character in "Apocalypse Now," the hulking Archer appears to have set himself up as the Miami Beach Police Department's "avenging angel," answerable to no one and waging a private war on criminals and anyone else who happens to be unlucky enough to cross paths with him.

On his Linkedin profile - which has been taken down - Archer described himself as a "Gang Detective" who's been a cop for almost 18 years: "Work on South Beach (Miami Beach, Fl.) as a Gang Detective. Trust me when I tell you, it definitely gets crazy down here!!!"

Archer lists his skills and expertise as "public relations" and "public speaking."

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So, just how "crazy" does Detective Archer's work get?

After almost 18 years on Miami Beach's mean streets, it appears that the bulked-up Archer has become so burned-out that he can't even handle the simple arrest of a sloppy-drunk, 120 pound model without first beating the crap out of her.

Last Monday, Miami New Times staff writer Frank Alvarado reported:
In the early evening of June 26, ... 50-year-old audio and video engineer [Andrew Mossberg] was walking on West Avenue when he saw Archer, dressed in a blue polo shirt and black slacks, screaming and manhandling Megan Adamescu, a 29-year-old model.

"I saw him grab her purse and pull things out of it," Mossberg relays. "When she tried to grab the bag back, he punched her in the face. She fell down, got up, and tried to go for her purse again. He then kicked her legs from underneath her so she would fall down again."

Mossberg, who bought his three bedroom condo at the Mirador Floridian in 2004 for $439,500 and last year paid $1,317 in property taxes to Miami Beach, alleges Archer was not wearing a police badge or any other ID. So Mossberg called the Miami Beach Police non-emergency number and asked the dispatcher to send units over. "I yelled at him that the police are on their way," Mossberg says. "That's when he ran at me, kicked me once in the left side of the head, then kicked me again in the forehead, and punched me twice."

What he didn't know was that the cop had just thrown Adamescu, who was drunk, out of the South Bay Club condo building.
Alvarado writes that in his report, Archer alleged Mossberg - a man who weighs 118 lbs. and stands 5 foot, 2 inches tall - "charged me, preparing to attack me."

Of his "fight" with Mossberg, Archer writes: "During the violent and physical altercation def. sustained a laceration to the right side of his head, a left swollen face cheek and scratches about his arms."

And, just to make sure anyone reading his report knows how "violent and physical," Archer adds with a flourish, "Def's actions caused vehicular traffic to stop and tenants from their condos to exit and gather."

Megan Adamescu and Andrew Mossberg after "meeting"
Miami Beach police Detective Philippe Archer. 
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After brutalizing Adamescu and Mossberg, Archer then charged the pair with a laundry list of felonies and misdemeanors. New Times reports that prosecutors have "decided not to file criminal charges against them."

Today the Miami Herald reports that Archer is now the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation.

New Times also reports: "Archer, incidentally, is one of the 12 cops who fired more than 100 deadly rounds at Raymond Herisse on Memorial Day weekend in 2011 [that] wounded four bystanders in the process."

And Archer, New Times reports, has been sued "three times in 2012 for allegedly abusing his police powers and making false arrests."

One of those lawsuits was filed by a man who spent 340 days in jail after Archer charged him "with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest without violence, cocaine possession, and drinking in public."

When he's off duty, Archer hangs with his with his crime-fighting buddies.

In one photo posted on his Facebook page, Archer describes himself and his supervisor, Sgt. Darrell Prieto - perhaps jokingly - as "Gangsters."

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In another more telling shot (below) of himself and then fellow officer - and soon to be real-life "gangster" Richard Anastasi - Archer writes cryptically: "Watch out!!"

A little more than a year later, in May of 2009, Anastasi pleaded guilty to federal charges of kidnapping and extortion.

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And while Archer spends his on-duty hours assaulting drunks, when he's off-duty he also enjoys getting sh*t-faced. A photo posted earlier this year on Facebook appears to show Archer grabbing some shuteye after a hard night of partying.

So, here's a question for Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez: After 18 years on the streets, isn't it about time that you find Detective Archer an assignment that's a little less stressful than his current job? Does he have to put someone in a coma - or worse - before you take action?


Aug. 9, 2012: Three Hialeah cops and a Miami Beach cop are target of police brutality lawsuit

Aug. 14, 2012: Miami Beach cop is target of second lawsuit


  1. Wow. What a crock of crap. Marlon Brando would take offense to that I'm sure.

  2. This guy is to be fired now!
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  4. Some thug will take him out.

  5. This not the only low life cops that works in Miami Beach, last week a few punch and choke my son because he was order to get out of his car and he was take too long to get out of the car.

  6. Obviously you dumbass's are clueless! Funny how the media makes up all kinds of BS instead of publishing the truth. Anyone that knows this officer personally knows that he is an outstanding citizen and very well liked by all. Amazing...

  7. Get the story straight....this idiot is such a liar.... stop trying to cry victim because of your this office suppose to let you charge at him and is this girl suppose to be allowed to open handedly slap this office while he is trying to do his job..... you grabbed the radio out of the officers hand and threw it into the bushes...this is on video stupid! yet you say this officer has nothing showing he was an officer. Then you state that the officer handcuffed you...I thought you just said he didn't have any items showing he is an officer. There are also several witness's who have come forth and stating this officer had his badge, radio, etc... and told you several times that he is a police officer. I guess the truth is to be seen.... Wow...what people will do to try and sue the city to get some money. These guys can't even do their jobs without being ridiculed. Yet you are the first ones who will be calling this officer for help when you need it. Funny, how the media has not mentioned all the good things this officer has done with saving lives, helping children, letters that he has received as being an outstanding officer from several Miami Beach citizens. Anyone that knows this officer knows that this is all a crock of shit! Great Job Detective Archer...thank you for protecting the City of Miami Beach and putting your life on the line everyday.

  8. This attack on an innocent citizen (trying to help a person whom he thought was being mugged) by an out-of-controlled black cop is outrageous. If I also saw this event happening, I too would have believed it to be a mugging, without any doubt. The cop should be fired and NEVER put back on the Miami Beach payroll (for any job!!). Why doesn't mayor Matti Bower demand that the police of chief fire him and not simply allow the police department to cover up the brutal attack? We pay the chief's and the copy salary. I live next door to the attack by the cop.

  9. I read the Miami Herald article on the MBPD incident and saw that the involved cop's name was Archer. I immediately recognized the name and searched it to find that it is in fact the same POS that threatened my friends and me in 1998 while we were hanging out on Washington Ave. He pulled us over after we stopped our car behind a taxi…he said we were obstructing traffic. Long story made short, after questioning our background, he threatened to ruin our weekend and our college scholarships by taking us to jail if we didn't hurry up and move our vehicle. I recall him and his fellow buddy, Officer Jones, being up in our faces while yelling and cursing us out. We weren't small guys, but they had the guns and the shields. That's something that one never forgets...especially when they didn't do anything wrong. Archer is an abuser and has been so for a long time. His longstanding behavior, coupled with the sense of being untouchable in the MBPD is proven to be a recipe for disaster (especially when on the head or face of someone else). I'm 40 years old now and I've seen him occasionally on SOBE. I cannot believe that he's been around for 18 years doing the same thing to other civilians. He is going to harm the wrong person one day and finally get his triangle flag draping!


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