What caused these two Miami cops to throw down in public?
Well, a routine traffic stop. Sort of.
Miami patrol officer Mark Jackson pulled over Lt. David Ramras, of the Internal Affairs unit, for speeding.
However, Jackson did not know that his senior officer was in fact a cop.
Meanwhile, Ramras was not pleased that he was getting pulled over and made what appeared to be an aggressive move toward Jackson while getting out of his vehicle.
Jackson responded by throwing Ramras to the ground while other officers arrived on scene helping Jackson to subdue Ramras — until they realized Ramras was a fellow law enforcement officer.
“I had to like, sling him to the ground,” Jackson said to another officer, according to WPLG-TV. “Bro, I thought I was going to get into a shooting.”
WTVJ-TV has reported that Ramras told Jackson to “get the fuck in your car,” further asking him, “Do you know who the fuck I am?”
In addition to the video footage, Jackson recorded the incident on his phone, violating the department’s policy.
During that conversation, Jackson allegedly said, “I’m like, ‘Yo, I don’t know who you are, bro. Don’t jump out on me.’ “I said, ‘I don’t care if you’re a lieutenant or who you are.’”
Following the incident, Ramras was reassigned. Jackson, on the other hand, was suspended with pay pending an investigation.
“Time will tell how this will play out,” Javier Ortiz of the Fraternal Order of Police told WPLG. “I believe that Officer Jackson was acting in good faith when he pulled over Lt. Ramras. Once the contact was made between the officer and the lieutenant, that’s where things get sketchy.”
Though, part of the reason Jackson was suspended was due to the phone recording he refused to turn over to investigators, as Chief Manuel Orosa told the Miami Herald.
“An officer recording traffic stops with a private camera, the rules say you can’t do that,” said Orosa. “We’re liable for what he does at work and [the video] needs to be stored for safekeeping. If it’s destroyed, that’s a no-no.”
Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado appeared to be embarrassed by the situation, calling it “a shame.”