A black man posted a heated exchange he had with a Miami-Dade police officer on TikTok last week.
The man, Gerardson Nicolas, told NBC 6 he was pulled over during a traffic stop for not wearing a seat belt.
In the video, the officer can be heard saying to Nicolas, “This is how you will be killed here.”
A video posted on TikTok Last week, a Florida cop tells a black man he stopped because he wasn’t wearing a seat belt: “That’s how you get killed here, man.”
The man, identified as Gerardson Nicolas, told… NBC 6 on Monday that he was stopped by a motorcycle cop in North Miami Beach on June 15 while driving to work without wearing a seat belt.
Nicolas told NBC 6 that the officer got “angry” at him for not being able to find his wallet, and that he started filming because he was afraid for his life.
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In the nearly 50-second video, you can hear the unidentified officer say to Nicolas, “Give me your driver’s license, registration, and insurance. If not, you’re not going to work today. Simple thing, man. This is how you guys here get killed, man.’
“What? Say that again? Say what you just said,” Nicolas responded in the video.
“Registration and insurance,” the officer said before closing Nicolas’ door and walking off to check his driver’s license.
Nicolas posted the video of the meeting on TikTok the next day.
“I didn’t think my life was going to make it,” Nicolas told NBC 6. “I was looking for my stuff, my driver’s license because I couldn’t see my wallet… He got mad.”
Miami-Dade Police Department told NBC 6 in a statement that an investigation was opened after interim director George A. Perez discovered the video. The officer in the video has been moved from patrol duty to desk duty, reported the Miami Herald.
The Miami-Dade Police Department did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Steadman Stahl, president of the police union of the South Florida Police Benevolent Association, told the Herald that he does not believe the officer’s comments were racist and that the officer could be referring to how not wearing a seat belt could kill you.
“People die from not wearing seat belts every day,” Stahl told the Herald.
Nicolas told NBC 6 that he had been ticketed for not wearing a seat belt and not having a valid vehicle registration certificate, but he was not arrested.
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