Miami, FL — As TFTP reported in March 2019, a Florida woman learned the hard way what calling 911 in a police state can look like. While there are certainly police officers who will heroically rush in to stop dangerous situations, there are others who appear to get off on asserting their authority and hurting people. When Dyma Loving called 911 to report that she'd been assaulted with a deadly weapon, she received the latter.
Luckily for Loving, her friend filmed the interaction and because of that video, Loving has been exonerated and the bad cop charged and convicted this week. Officer Alejandro Giraldo was charged with official misconduct, a felony, for allegedly making false statements in official reports. He was also charged with battery after his response to the 911 call.
“After taking the sworn statements...and reviewing all the known video evidence, we believe that there is sufficient evidence to charge a violation of Florida’s criminal statutes,” the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
This week on Thursday, jurors deliberated for a little over an hour and convicted Giraldo of battery and official misconduct.
He now faces up to five years in prison.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle released the following statement after his conviction.
“We will continue doing what we can to hold officers who violate the law accountable, because when a law enforcement officer commits a crime, it truly eats at the trust they need to keep our residents & communities safe.”
As we reported at the time, on March 5, 2019, Loving and her friend Adrianna Green called 911 because a man allegedly brandished a shotgun and threatened them with it.
Naturally, Loving and Green are upset about being assaulted with a deadly weapon, so they are speaking loudly. This loudness, however, is interpreted by one of the responding officers, Alejandro Giraldo, as a threat, so he moves in to assault the entirely innocent woman.
"Do not touch me," Loving shouts as a second policeman, identified only as Officer Calderon, grabs her other arm. "Record this. Do not touch me."
Loving is then shoved against the fence as Giraldo wraps the handcuffs around her neck and then slams her to the ground.
She had harmed no one.
"I wanted to call my kid," Loving says as the other officers step in to support the original assault. "I just said I wanted to call my kid. My phone is dead. What do you not understand? I had a gun pointed in front of me and my kid is sick. I'm stressed out. I need to go call my children. I don't understand."
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Loving is then yanked up to her feet and dragged off to the patrol car where Giraldo arrested her and charged her with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
"As we tried to keep the parties involved separated, Ms. Loving became further upset, very irate, and uncooperative," the false police report stated. "Ms. Loving began to scream at us causing a scene."
Giraldo then describes the actions of Loving as "violent," despite not being violent at all.
Luckily for Loving, however, there was video showing what really happened and that video was posted to social media.
Upon seeing the video, Miami-Dade Police Director Juan J. Perez called it "deeply troubling" and suspended Giraldo. He was then charged and convicted.
As ABC reports, Loving’s attorney, Justin Moore, said that Loving had “expressed relief” over Giraldo’s arrest, and applauded prosecutors for moving forward with the case. But he said that other officers should also face charges for their role in the incident.
“The fact is that the other officers involved in Dyma’s arrest assisted Officer Giraldo and drafted police reports detailing the incident,” Moore said. “It is more than reasonable that they meet the same scrutiny that Officer Giraldo has received.”
We agree. Officer Calderon, who helped out his fellow criminal cop — instead of stopping him — should face accountability as well. However, he has not.
Below is a video showing what calling 911 in a police state can look like if you are an innocent black woman. It also illustrates the extreme importance of filming any and all police interactions. Had this video not existed, Loving could be in jail right now instead of Giraldo.
As TFTP frequently reports, not only is it a crap shoot to call 911, but it's a terribly rigged craps game in which the house almost always wins - and you lose.
Researchers found that less than 5 percent of all calls throughout the country dispatched to police are made quickly enough for officers to stop a crime or arrest a suspect. The 911 bottom line:“cases in which 911 technology makes a substantial difference in the outcome of criminal events are extraordinarily rare.”
What's more, as the above case illustrates, it's very risky.
Calling 911 for help and then being victimized or killed by police happens far too often. In that exact same month Loving was assaulted we reported on the story of Kevin Davis, who called 911 to report that his girlfriend had been stabbed. When cops got to his apartment, they killed him.