Bridget Freitas of Pembroke Pines, Florida was arrested at a University of Miami football game Saturday after she allegedly swatted a police officer as she was being carried out of the stadium for disorderly conduct.
Freitas, 30, is being charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct. She was released on bond on Sunday. It is unclear if she has acquired the services of an attorney.
According to the arrest report, the alleged battery took place at the Hard Rock Stadium during a football match between the University of Miami and Virginia Tech. Freitas, a registered nurse, was reportedly drunk and acting in a disorderly fashion during the match.
A video of the incident that was posted on social media shows Freitas being carried out by four officers in an inebriated state. Freitas can be seen attempting to slap one of the officers, identified as detective Douglas Ross, who was holding one of her legs. The first slap grazed the back of Ross’ head and the second one caught him on the left side of his face. Ross countered with a right hook to Freitas’ face that knocked her out. Watch the full video here.
When contacted by news sources about the incident, Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said Ross’ standing with the department has not changed. They are reviewing the video and “immediate chain of command will address the concerns,” Perez told The Miami Herald.
President of Miami-Dade’s Police Benevolent Association John Rivera told The Herald that he has seen the video and believes Ross was justified in striking Freitas because “all he did was react to her actions.”
“Upon lifting (Freitas), (Freitas) swung and struck (Det. Ross) in the face while attempting to get away, causing this Det. (Ross) to strike (Freitas) in the face to gain compliance and control,” the arrest report said.
Miami-Dade police issued the following statement about the incident on Sunday afternoon:
“Promoting a safe and secure environment during any special event is our primary concern. After responding to a disturbance, the person in the video was being removed from the event by our officers for being disorderly. She was subsequently arrested for Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Disorderly Conduct/Breach of the peace. Supervisory personnel are aware of the video and are reviewing the incident to ensure compliance with our policies and procedures.”
Freitas was reportedly causing a disturbance in Section 129 of the stadium and police were called to remove her from the stadium. The officers found her “using profanity in a loud and boisterous manner” while arguing with other fans, the report said. She allegedly refused to exit the section calmly and planted herself on the stairs between a row of seats. Two officers tried to pick her up and two other officers, one of whom was Ross, joined to help. That’s when the video starts.
It is unclear if Freitas will seek legal action against Ross for the punch she received. She was reportedly one of two dozen people who were ejected from the stadium, and the second to be arrested that night. The other arrest was also on battery charges.