Men charged after brother killed

Anthony Walker, Antwan Walker charged following struggle with Miami police

Published On: Apr 09 2013 08:25:23 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 10 2013 10:27:23 AM EDT
MIAMI -

Miami police arrested two men who ran past crime scene tape, then fought with officers after their brother was shot and killed.

Police arrested Anthony Walker and Antwan Walker on Monday.

Anthony Walker, 28, was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence. Antwan Walker, 27, was charged with resisting an officer without violence.

Family members identified the victim as 25-year-old Brandon Walker. He was shot several times outside an apartment building at Northwest 3rd Avenue and 22nd Street in Miami.

"His life was taken away in broad daylight. He was laid out on the sidewalk, lifeless, riddled with bullets," said Miami Police Sgt. Freddie Cruz.

Video showed Antwan Walker try approaching the body underneath a yellow tarp. When police grabbed him, Anthony Walker approached and got into a struggle with the officers.

"They broke the perimeter, they went in, they were hostile, violent, uncooperative," said Cruz. "We understand emotions played a big role in this case; however, it got the best of them and they need to understand this was an active crime scene that cannot be broken. These individuals got very hostile and violent with our officers and we have a duty to act -- we have to protect ourselves and protect the public."

"They were just holding me to keep me from getting over there, too," said Pat Lammons, Walker's aunt.

Video then showed Miami Police Detective Fernando Bosch grapple with Anthony Walker and punch him several times. After they separated, Bosch punched Anthony Walker again, knocking him down.

"If you're a police officer [and] someone's grabbing you by the neck and they're pulling you down when you're trying to take someone into custody and once you finally get them far enough away from you in order to take them into custody and they pull up their hands and ball up their fists, are you going to wait to see if you're going to get struck?" said Javier Ortiz, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police. "No. You're going to take action. We have families, too."

Ortiz called Bosch's actions justifiable based on Miami police policy, procedures, and Florida law.

"I've looked at it 100 times. I see a subject fighting with Miami police officers, a subject who did not want to heed the commands of the officers and actions had to be taken," added Ortiz.

"I don't think he should have gotten hit," said Lammons. "He was just trying to get to his brother."

Viewers of "The First 48" may recognize Bosch. Photographers for the show were inside the crime tape Monday.

"These field producers become somewhat of coworkers to those homicide detectives," said Kenia Reyes with the Miami Police Department. "The one that gears them and steers them is always going to be the homicide unit."

Police aren't investigating the actions of the officers.