Sunday, August 24, 2014

Here's video of two Miami Beach cops standing around and doing nothing at a nightclub brawl last March [UPDATED x2]

UPDATED x2 @11:10 a.m. 8-25-2014: A Miami Beach police spokesperson emails this statement: "The video of the event that took place on March 15, 2014 being presented by TMZ does not depict the event in its entirety. MBPD officers were flagged down by nightclub security and requested for additional units to respond. The three individuals including Michael Evans who were originally kicked out of the establishment were later detained by officers for further investigation. Attached is the incident report as requested." [Incident report embedded below.]

UPDATED x1 @ 10 a.m. 8-25-2014: Miami Beach police spokesperson says the two officers seen in the video were on-duty at the time they witnessed the fight, adding, "there was an incident report written on this [fight] and three people were detained including Evans although that is not seen in the video."


The video above shows Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie receiver Mike Evans fighting with bouncers at Miami Beach's Dream nightclub last March.

TMZ posted the video on its website two days ago calling it an "insane nightclub brawl."

From ESPN:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie receiver Mike Evans said Friday that a fight he was involved in outside of a nightclub in Miami [Beach] occurred months ago, and his agent said the player was not arrested.

A video posted by TMZ Sports shows Evans fighting with bouncers outside of Dream Nightclub in South Beach. TMZ said the fight took place Saturday night, but Evans' agent, Deryk Gilmore, told the Tampa Tribune that the incident happened in March -- two months before Evans was selected by the Buccaneers as the No. 7 overall pick in the NFL draft.

In a statement released Friday, Evans also said the incident took place in March.

Fights outside Miami Beach nightclubs aren't all that unusual.

But what is unusual about this fight is that it was witnessed by two Miami Beach police officers who watched it unfold and did nothing to stop it.

It's unclear if the officers were working off-duty at the club when the fight occurred. What is clear is that no one was arrested.

One veteran South Florida cop who doesn't work for Miami Beach told me after watching the video: "That is insane. If that's how they deal with problems in Miami Beach, the public is in trouble. Police officers are supposed to handle problems, not run away from them."

Unidentified Miami Beach police officer attempts to restrain
Tampa Bay Bucs rookie receiver Mike Evans....

....but Evans pushes him away.

Miami Beach police officer Otto Lopez, (facing camera)
watches fight escalate without taking action. 

Unidentified Miami Beach cop walks away from fight
at Dream nightclub last March.  (Screen grab from 

video at 0:29 mark.)

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