Broward News

Victor Ramirez, Cop Who Slapped Homeless Man, Has History of Using Force at Bus Terminal

Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Victor Ramirez gained widespread infamy when he slapped a homeless man suspected of trespassing in a public bus terminal last month and video of the incident went viral. But internal affairs files show that the "slap heard around the world" definitely wasn't the first time Ramirez got physical with bus station loiterers.

An 87-page internal affairs file documents nearly 40 incidents, a majority of which involve physical use of force, as well as a few Taser incidents (he has never been accused of shooting anybody). A pattern has emerged over his nine-year career: hitting, slamming, dropping, and sometimes even tasering people while working off-duty security around Fort Lauderdale.

See also: Fort Lauderdale Cop Who Slapped Homeless Man Omits Slap in Arrest Report

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Ray Downs
Contact: Ray Downs