A Miami law enforcement officer is facing potential charges after he allegedly placed a doctor in handcuffs while lacking proper cause, a violation of federal law. The doctor, a physician at the University of Miami was questioned alongside a local activist outside of his residence.
Under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, according to case law cited by the Civilian Investigative Panel (CIP), when someone is arrested by an officer, the extent of detention needs to be explained by the facts of the case. The Fourth Amendment defends against arbitrary search and seizure of individuals. Members of the CIP expressed their concerns after watching video of the incident that the officer did not give a reason for handcuffing the doctor. The doctor was acting in a manner that could be deemed aggressive and, therefore, the actions taken by the officer were unreasonable.
In the midst of a moment of greater examination of police conduct, the footage of the encounter generated national headlines, and a Miami Police Department Internal Affairs report found the officer had broken protocols by failing to contact dispatchers at his stop as well as failing to wear a mask.