MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors say three Miami Beach police officers are now facing felony charges related to the rough arrests of two men at a South Beach hotel.
Five officers were initially charged by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office with battery misdemeanors in August.
The upgraded charges were announced by Katherine Fernandez Rundle, State Attorney. Jose Perez.
They are charged with third-degree battery.
Javier Serrano was charged with official misconduct. This is a third degree felony.
According to the Associated Press, Serrano and officers, Robert Sabater and David Rivas face misdemeanor battery charges.
Rundle told the AP that she would be bringing the charges to a judge next Wednesday.
Surveillance video shows that an officer chased Dalonta Crudup, 24, into the lobby at a South Beach hotel.
Officers repeatedly handcuffed Crudup, as bodycam footage shows.
The AP reported that Khalid Vaughn, 28, recorded Crudup’s arrest with a cellphone from about 12 feet away.
Vaughn is instructed by an officer to move away. This can be seen in footage of Sabater attacking him and repeatedly punching him as he reaches the floor.
Rivas, Serrano also allegedly struck Vaughn.