The City of Miami’s civilian oversight board said a Miami Police officer captured on police body camera kicking a teenage girl in the head used excessive force, calling his actions neither “reasonable” nor “necessary.”
The civilian panel challenges the findings of the Miami Police Department’s internal affairs investigation that Officer John Askew did not use excessive force.
Police shared from the March 5, 2017 incident. An officer’s bodycam footage shows a policeman tackling the teen and then Askew can be seen kicking her twice in the head while she’s already down on the ground.
She was later charged with armed robbery and grand theft, police said.
Both the police department and the civilian panel found Askew violated department policy by not documenting his use of force on the teen. Askew said he didn’t think that report was necessary because the girl was not injured.