Miami, FL -- When Andrew Mossberg witnessed a large man assaulting a young woman in South Beach, he never thought that calling the police would get him beaten and arrested. However, Mossberg didn't know that the man conducting the assault was a Miami Beach cop.
Det. Philippe Archer was working an undercover narcotics operation on June 26, 2013 when he responded to a call about 29-year-old Megan Adamescu, who was allegedly drunk and passed out in the lobby of the South Bay Club.
As Archer tried to remove the young woman from the lobby, their altercation spilled out into the street. Mossberg was on his way back to his condo when he came upon this dramatic scene.
Mossberg described seeing a muscular man grappling with a woman, punching her and grabbing things from her purse. Naturally he called the police.
"I saw him grab her purse and pull things out of it," Mossberg relays. "When she tried to grab the bag back, he punched her in the face. She fell down, got up, and tried to go for her purse again. He then kicked her legs from underneath her so she would fall down again."
Once he confirmed police were on the way, he let Archer know.
"I yelled at him that the police are on their way," Mossberg told New Times. "That's when he ran at me, kicked me once in the left side of the head, then kicked me again in the forehead, and punched me twice."
A brief clip of this interaction was caught on film by a passerby.
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Adamescu admitted to being intoxicated but insisted that Archer was the aggressor.
"I didn't know who he was," she says. "He definitely didn't show me a badge. All of sudden he's coming at me like a raging lunatic, grabbing my purse. I was freaking out."
Newly released surveillance footage also shows Archer punching and kicking the handcuffed Adamescu after she was brought downtown.
According to the New Times, Adamescu was arrested for felony battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, and disorderly conduct. Archer also charged Mossberg with obstructing justice. In arrest reports, Archer claims Mossberg and Adamescu attacked him despite his telling them he was a cop and showing his badge.
These charges would all be dropped two months later. Archer was initially suspended but then was immediately reinstated.
But for nearly two years, Archer would go unpunished for his assault on this Good Samaritan.
Friday, Internal Affairs finally handed down his official "punishment" for his brutality. For actions that would have landed the average citizen in jail, or at the very least fired, Archer will only be suspended for 160 hours.
"Officer Archer was found to have violated several Department and City rule violations, including excessive use of force, mistreatment of a prisoner, conduct unbecoming an employee of the city, and negligence and inefficiency in the performance of his duties," Ernesto Rodriguez, an MBPD spokesman, tells New Times.
Coincidentally, Archer is one of the 12 cops who fired more than 100 deadly rounds at Raymond Herisse on Memorial Day weekend in 2011 and wounded four bystanders in the process. He was also sued three times in 2012 for allegedly abusing his police powers and making false arrests.
If you live in the Miami area, be careful to avoid this man as he may try to protect and serve you to death.