Man files lawsuit against Miami-Dade Police Department alleging rough arrest

Prosecutors say officers were 'less than truthful' in arrest report

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A man filed a lawsuit last week against the Miami-Dade Police Department and two of its officers, more than a year after he claims he was arrested and beaten by the officers.

According to the lawsuit, Ephraim Casado was pulled over in his vehicle March 27, 2017, by Officers William Baskins and Oliver Mayorga, who work for the Miami-Dade Police Department's Robbery Intervention Detail, for allegedly throwing bottles out the window of his car.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office confirmed that Casado was arrested that day on charges of resisting arrest, criminal mischief and possession of cannabis.

The case was dismissed by the state on Aug. 9, 2017, because prosecutors said it appeared that the officers were "less than truthful about the actual events that occurred during this incident."

"What they said -- they were wrong. And even the prosecutors knew that," Casado told Local 10 News on Tuesday. "That's why the prosecutors threw my case out."

According to a close-out memo, body-cam footage doesn't show the initial stop, but shows Casado opening his car door and getting out of it slowly with his hands raised.

The officers, however, reported that Casado got out of his car hiding his hands and was resisting arrest.


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