Police investigate use of force after Miami Hurricanes fan punched by officer, fan charged

Bridget Freitas is accused of hitting a police officer during her arrest at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday. Video posted to social media shows a police officer punching her afterward. (Miami Dade Police| WPEC)

Police are investigating the use of force in the removal of a female fan from the Miami Hurricanes-Virginia Tech game after video posted to social media shows an officer punching the woman in the face.

Bridget Freitas, 30, of Pembroke Pines, faces charges of felony battery on a police officer and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

According to the arrest report, police responded to a report of a disturbance in Section 129. The first officers on scene saw Freitas arguing with fans and using profanity in a "loud, boisterous manner."

Police said the officers tried to calm her down and walk her to the concourse. Police said she sat down on the stairwell and refused to move. Officers tried to carry her out without success.

According to police, two other officers arrived to help carry her out when police say she hit one of the officers.

The assault, according to the report, forced Det. Ross to "strike" Freitas "in the face to gain compliance and control."

Police carried Freitas out and took her to jail.

Miami Dade Police issued a statement in response to the controversial arrest:

Promoting a safe and secure environment during any special event is our primary concern. 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. Supervisory personnel are aware of the video and are reviewing the incident to ensure compliance with our policies and procedures.

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