Another South Florida cop arrested; officer accused of biting, slapping boyfriend

El Portal police Cpl. Emily Garcia faces misdemeanor charge


MIAMI – Another South Florida police officer found themselves in trouble with the law this week; in the latest case, an El Portal police officer is facing a charge of simple battery after Miami police arrested her Wednesday.

According to an arrest report, Miami police responded to the residence of El Portal police Cpl. Emily Garcia’s significant other just before 4:30 a.m. regarding a domestic dispute.

Both Garcia and the victim, who was not identified in the report, are police officers.

The victim stated that he and Garcia, with whom he had been in a relationship with for about a year, returned from a night out at Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill, where they had multiple drinks, according to the report.

After they both went to sleep, the report states that he woke up to Garcia biting his chest and slapping him. He told police he pushed her off, causing a bruise to her upper lip.

Garcia’s arrest is the third reported of a South Florida police officer in the past week. On Sunday, state troopers arrested a Coral Gables police officer on DUI charges. On Wednesday, Local 10 News broke the story of an Opa-locka police officer accused of raping his friend in a Krispy Kreme parking lot.

In a statement, El Portal police Chief Alejandro Mendez said that the event took place off-duty and Garcia was relieved of duty with pay.

“Once the proceedings are complete, we will review the facts in this case and proceed accordingly,” he said.

In court Thursday, Garcia’s boyfriend told a judge that he is not afraid of her and did not wish to have a stay-away order imposed.

A judge implemented a modified stay-away order. Garcia is allowed to have contact with the victim, but cannot be physically threatening. She’s also not allowed to engage in criminal activity or possess a gun.

The judge released Garcia on her own recognizance.

About the Author:

Chris Gothner joined the Local 10 News team in 2022 as a Digital Journalist.