The family of a South Florida teenager is accusing Miami-Dade Police officers of crossing the line when they arrested the 14-year-old on the beach. At juvenile court Tuesday, Tremaine McMillian’s family argued, the teen was in the water nursing a puppy with a bottle, and that’s when police overreacted.
But officers told a much different story that led to a charge of resisting arrest with violence.McMillian was slapped with that charge Monday afternoon after a witness shot cell video of two Miami-Dade Police officers holding the teen down on the ground. The incident happened near Haulover Beach. “He started choking me, and as he was choking me, I urinated on myself because I couldn’t breath,” said McMillian.
His family said, just before all this happened, McMillian had been playing in the water with some of his friends. He said he was holding his 6-week-old puppy when officers came up to him and asked what he was doing. Miami-Dade Police said the reason officers approached McMillian is, because they saw him roughhousing with another teenager.
When they approached him, police said, they realized there was no sort of altercation or fight going on, but they continued to ask McMillian where his parents were. McMillian said he turned to lead officers to his mother who was on the beach with him. That’s when, both McMillian and his mother said, police on ATVs chased him, cut him off and then held him to the ground. His mother, Maurissa Holmes, said, “I ran over there and said, ‘That’s my son, that’s my son. Can you get off of him? He can’t breath.’ And they said, ‘Wait a minute. You all stand back, stand back.’”
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