The arrest of a 30-year-old fan on disorderly conduct and battery charges at the University of Miami football game Saturday is under review after a cell phone video caught a Miami-Dade police officer throwing a punch toward the woman’s face as she was being carried out of Hard Rock Stadium.
Bridget Freitas, of Pembroke Pines, was creating a disturbance in section 129 of the game between UM and Virginia Tech, “arguing with stadium patrons and using profanity in a loud boisterous manner,” according to a police affidavit.
“Several attempts were made to calm [her] down and walk [her] up the stairwell of the stadium bowl,” but Freitas refused to cooperate, police said. When she sat on the steps and refused to move, more officers were called.
After four officers picked up Freitas and began to carry her up the stairs, the video shows her swinging her arms, apparently striking one officer in the face with a backhand swipe.
That officer immediately swung back, the video shows. It is unclear what effect the officer’s punch had on Freitas.
In the arrest affidavit, police said Freitas hit the officer “in the face while attempting to get away, causing the detective to strike Freitas in he face to gain compliance and control.”
“Supervisory personnel are aware of the video and are reviewing the incident to ensure compliance with our policies and procedures,” Miami-Dade police said in a statement issued Sunday.
“Promoting a safe and secure environment during any special event is our primary concern,” police said.
After being removed from the Miami Gardens stadium at 8:40 p.m., Freitas was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct/breach of the peace, police said.
A message left on Freitas’ cell phone was not returned Sunday.