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Miami Beach police officer deploys Taser after man refuses to get out of car

Police: Man refused to open door so officers could see him during traffic stop


MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A Miami Beach police officer was forced to deploy his Taser earlier this month after a man refused to get out of a car during a traffic stop, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, police saw a gray, 2-door Mazda make an illegal U-turn Aug. 11 at the intersection of 10th Street and Collins Avenue.

Police said the car was pulled over and a ticket was issued to the woman who was driving.

Police said a second officer was standing next to the officer writing the ticket when he saw the passenger, Bellande Jean Joseph, 26, suddenly shut the passenger-side door.

The officer asked Joseph to keep the door open because officers could not see him through the tinted windows, but he refused.

Police said Joseph became belligerent, began yelling obscenities, and refused to leave the door open.

An officer ordered Joseph out of the car, but Joseph refused, the report said.

Bodycam footage obtained by Andy Slater shows the officer open the car door and attempt to pull Joseph out of the car by his wrist, but Joseph appeared to push the officer away.

"Don't touch me, bro," Joseph is heard telling the officer.

The officer pulled out his Taser and gave Joseph multiple orders to step out of the car, police said.

Joseph refused and was stunned once, the report said.

Another officer grabbed Joseph and took him into custody.

He was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he was medically cleared and then taken to jail.

Joseph faces charges of resisting an officer with violence, battery on a police officer and failure to obey a police officer.


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