A police officer, who was filmed punching an unruly football fan as he removed her from the stadium, has been cleared of any wrongdoing.
Miami-Dade cop Douglas Ross hit back at 30-year-old nurse Bridget Freitas after she slapped him across the face.
Footage of the altercation was met with shock after it was widely shared online earlier this month.
But according to a report provided on Wednesday to The Miami Herald, Ross’s supervisors found the 18-year veteran’s actions were within departmental rules.
The 14-second video was first shared by Barstool UMiami , and appears to show four male police officers pick up a woman in a UM t-shirt, who was identified as Bridget Freitas and can be seen slapping officer Douglas Ross, who is holding her right leg
Miami-Dade Police director Juan Perez acknowledged that the footage did not look good, but added that officers do not distinguish between males and females when throwing a punch.
The 14-second clip shows Ross and three other officers pick up Freitas who is wearing a University of Miami t-shirt.
It is believed she was being ejected after she allegedly attempted to hit another woman during the game.
As she was being carried out she was filmed slapping Ross across the face as he held on to her right leg.
Miami police said Freitas was charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Disorderly Conduct and Breach of the Peace
Almost immediately the officer pulled back his arm and punched Freitas in the face.
The punch appeared to knock her unconscious and she was carried the rest of the way out of the stadium.
Freitas was charged with felony battery on a police officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct following theincident, which took place during the University of Miami’s victory over Virginia Tech at the Hard Rock stadium on November 4.
At the time Miami-Dade Police posted a statement on its Twitter to address the incident, saying: ‘Promoting a safe and secure environment during any special event is our primary concern.
‘After responding to a disturbance, the person in the video was being removed from the event by our officers for being disorderly.
‘She was subsequently arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct/breach of the peace.
‘Supervisory personnel are aware of the video and are reviewing the incident to ensure compliance with our policies and procedures.’
Almost immediately Officer Ross pulls back his arm and punches Freitas in the face. The punch seemed to knock the woman out, and she was carried the rest of the way out of the stadium
Freitas, who works as a nurse, has been arrested at least once before in 2012 (pictured left), when she was charged with battery. It’s not clear what lead to her arrest in that instance
The incident was captured by Eric Arguetta, who said he saw her hit another woman and said she looked like she had ‘no control of herself’
The incident was captured by Erica Arguetta, who pulled out his iPhone and started recording when he saw things start to escalate.
He said that before the police officers arrived he saw Freitas attempting to hit another woman, and he said she was ‘making a scandal.’
‘She looked like she had no control of herself and she was refusing to leave the stadium,’ the 27-year-old told ABC 10.
‘This is why it took four police officers to get her out.’
Freitas has been arrested at least once before in 2012, when she was charged with battery. It’s not clear what lead to her arrest in that incident.