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Judge rules in favor of man struck by police officer during 2017 arrest; plans to file another civil suit

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MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A judge ruled that a jail cell strike during an arrest that took place nearly five years ago crossed the line.

“All he had to do was close the cell,” said Richard Johnson.

Johnson was elbowed and roughed up inside Miami Beach Police headquarters following a 2017 drug arrest, in which he was also charged with resisting.

The police station skirmish spawned an internal affairs investigation of undercover officers.

“Why were you mad? Because we exchanged words,” said Johnson.

Johnson returned to where he said he was emotionally traumatized Wednesday, to tell 7News about a recent legal victory.

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Johnson last November.

The court reversed a civil suit Johnson filed and initially lost against Miami Beach Police. The court found that one of the undercover officers in that cell in March of 2017 “used excessive force.”

7News met with Johnson before he did two years in prison for his drug offenses. Wednesday, he took us to where he was arrested blocks from the police station.

Sheldon: “You sold cocaine to an undercover officer?”

Richard Johnson: “Correct.”

Miami Beach Police released a statement that said: “The department stands behind the findings and the actions of our officers.”

Their internal affairs investigation closed in 2019. It resulted in no disciplinary action other than a reprimand of two officers, not for excessive force, but for not activating their body camera.

“He covered his camera,” said Johnson.

Johnson said he wants another day in court.

“He violated my rights, and I feel like I didn’t deserve that. It’s sad,” said Johnson.

Johnson and his attorneys said they hope this appellant court ruling will clear the way for them to file another civil suit.

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Florida police officer injured in crash

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A Florida police officer was hospitalized Monday evening after a crash with two other vehicles, according to authorities.

At around 5:15 p.m., a crash involving an Ocala officer was reported outside of a residential area at the intersection of West Silver Springs Boulevard and Southwest 23rd Avenue, Ocala Police Department said.

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The officer was listed as a “trauma alert” but is expected to be okay, OPD said.

No other serious injuries were reported.

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Ocala police are investigating the crash.

Jpedersen@orlandosentinel.com

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Brr! Orlando wakes up to coldest temperatures of the year

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Orlando residents woke up to a chilly start Tuesday morning, with temperatures projected to stay cold today.

Temperatures before sunrise were 42 degrees in the City Beautiful, which should later see temperature highs increase to 64 as skies are forecast to remain sunny, according to Maureen McCann From Spectrum of the News 13 weather team.

Tuesday’s low will fall back down to 45 in the evening.

“Future cast has us with sunshine for our Tuesday and clear skies tonight, but tomorrow a southeasterly wind will start to develop during the afternoon, and that is going to promote some warmer temperatures,” McCann said.

Sunshine is forecast for the rest of the week, with chances of showers re-emerging into skies by Friday with a 30% chance of rain.

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1 dead, 4 injured after man opens fire outside Chicagoan Bar in NW Miami-Dade

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NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – One person has died and four others were injured following a shooting outside a bar in Northwest Miami-Dade.

The shooting happened at the Chicagoan Bar, located at 10702 NW 7th Ave, at around midnight on Tuesday.

The deceased individual was reportedly drinking at the bar and refused to pay his bill.

Security eventually removed him from the bar.

He then drove away, returned to the bar, stopped in the middle of the street then began firing several rounds at the bar’s security, according to police.

Another security guard came from inside the bar and returned fire, killing the patron.

One of the security guards was shot and taken to a local hospital.

Three women were also caught in the crossfire — two of them were transported to the hospital while the third was treated on the scene after being grazed.

All victims taken to the hospital are in stable condition.

Several homicide detectives continue to investigate.

Those who frequent the area are advised to seek alternative routes until the scene has cleared.

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