After a raid in Miami, police Sgt. Manuel Regueiro approached and punched an 18-year-old cuffed suspect in the face. The victim warned the officers they were being filmed by the home security system. So officer Alex Gonzalez stole the evidence. But he had in fact taken the system's battery, and now both officers are being charged with crimes.
Regueiro for misdemeanor battery … Gonzalez with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and misdemeanor petty theft.
"Shameful we have to take these actions," the department's director, Juan Perez, said in a Tuesday tweet. "However, any officer violating the law will face the consequences, including arrest and prosecution."
Consider in silence how ignorant of modern technology you'd have to be to think that a modern surveillance camera's battery was a tape.