Officer Punches Woman At College Football Game (Video)

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A video (below) showing a police officer punching a Florida woman in the face after she slapped him has gone viral. 

The video, taken at a Nov. 4 University of Miami football game at the Hard Rock Stadium, starts with four police officers surrounding the woman, 30-year-old Bridget Freitas.

Officers were called to Freitas' seat after a disturbance was reported, according to the Miami Herald. A police report states Freitas was arguing with other fans and "using profanity in a loud and boisterous manner." 

Eric Argueta, the fan who recorded the video, told WPLG Freitas was "making a scandal" before police arrived. 

"She looked like she had no control of herself and she was refusing to leave the stadium. This is why it took four police officers to get her out," Argueta said.

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According to the report, officers were unable to get Freitas to calmly leave the stadium.

The video starts as officers pick up Freitas and begin carrying her up the stairs and out of the section. 

As the officers are carrying Freitas, she swings at an officer, attempting to slap him in the face. Her first swing appears to miss, but the second makes full contact. 

The officer, Miami-Dade detective Douglass Ross, immediately punches Freitas in the face. Freitas slumps and the video ends as the officers carry her out of the section. 

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The video was first posted to Instagram by Argueta and later picked up by Barstool Sports' account, 5th Year. Within a day, it had been seen more than 350,000 times.

"It's crazy, that kind of moment, but it's even crazier to have it go viral like that," Argueta told WPLG. "It's a common thing to have violence during arrests like that. She was uncontrollable and I just knew something like that was going to happen."

Freitas, a registered nurse, was arrested and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct.

Ross has not faced any disciplinary actions for punching Freitas, but Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez told the Miami Herald the video is being reviewed and "immediate chain of command will address the concerns." 

In a statement, the department said "promoting a safe and secure environment during any special event is our primary concern."

"Supervisory personnel are aware of the video and are reviewing the incident to ensure compliance with our policies and procedures," the statement continued. 

The football game between the University of Miami and Virginia Tech, saw more than 20 ejections and two arrests. 

Sources: 5th Year/Instagram, Miami Herald, WPLG / Featured Image: A.J. Lipp/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Miami-Dade Corrections via Miami Herald, Eric Argueta/Instagram via Miami Herald

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