Officer Marcel Jackson had decided - for
whatever reason - that installing a dashboard camera was a good thing.
You can’t fault him, because Miami is definitely a city where it pays to
cover your ass 24/7.
In late June Officer Jackson
chased down a speeder, capturing the entire event on his Go Pro camera.
The portion below is just a small part of the 55.26 minute video that I
obtained about this incident. The full version is at the bottom of this
The guy in the
white shirt you’ve probably figured out if you looked at the entire clip
turned out to be somebody important. In fact, it was a City of Miami
policeman, and not just any old policeman, but Lieutenant David Ramras,
assigned to Internal Affairs.
Once things calmed down,
Jackson went to his police car, removed the camera from the dash and put
in in the space between the seats, and then called someone named
“Rick,” to whom he explains what had just happened.
Is always best to get a first hand explanation from people involved in an incident like this - even if it’s subjective.
JACKSON EXPLAINS WHAT HAPPENED TO “RICK”
My sources tell me
that Ramras conceded that he had indeed asked Jackson, “what’s that on
your face.” Many African-American men have a problem shaving because of
“skin bumps” caused by ingrown facial hair, and it’s a recognized
medical problem that allows police officers not to shave with a letter
from a doctor.
The really important thing
however, was Ramras’ efforts to push his way out of his car. Clearly
Ramras has serious anger-management and authority issues, because only a
guy with little self-control would do what he did.
Every couple weeks a video
makes the news showing someone, somewhere trying to do the same thing
that Ramras did and the result always leads to fights or shootings
between the cop and the motorist.
In this case, Jackson, as he
says, was lucky that several fellow officers were passing by and were
able to help him subdue, and then identify Ramras.
But that’s when Jackson’s luck ran out.
David Ramras, was a
Lieutenant assigned to Internal Affairs, and therefore outranked
Jackson. By the end of the first video above you begin to see the how a
group psychology is beginning to take hold. All the officers are
gathered around Ramras at his car, and Jackson has walked out of frame.
Shortly thereafter I was
told, Major Codina, Major Sanchez, at least one lieutenant and several
sergeants, including Javier Ortiz, the president of the Fraternal Order
of Police showed up at the scene.
At the end of the “Rick” tape
you can hear Jackson say that he’s getting out of his car to take
photographs with his cell phone camera because it was clear to him by
then that the longer everyone kept gathering and talking only with
Ramras, that sooner or later a story would be concocted that made him
out to be the bad cop in this incident.
In fact, as the video tape
establishes, other than several short conversation with Javier Ortiz,
Officer Jackson sat in his car for well over 30 minutes without any of
the senior officers coming over to talk with him.
Ortiz, when he does come over
and talk to Jackson suggests to him that he should write an Arrest
Form, called an “A Form,” to cover himself because,” unless they
completely drop this, which I doubt they will, you got to do
To try and protect himself
even more, I have been told that Jackson put a call in to the State
Attorney’s Office, seeking guidance and approval for an arrest, and in
the course of the conversation revealed to them that he had recorded the
entire incident on a dash cam.
Jackson was then ordered to
go to IA and give a statement. During the course of that interview,
which some believe was the prelude to relieving Jackson from duty, the
folks in IA discovered the existence of the dash cam and the video tape.
Jackson was asked to
voluntarily turn over the tape, refused, and was eventually ordered to
do so under the claim that it was evidence in a criminal investigation.
My sources tell me that as a
result of the way in which this investigation has been handled so far
there was never a Use Of Force Report, a traffic citation against
Ramras for speeding, or an Arrest Report written, and that no Warrant
Ramras has supposedly been
transferred laterally from IA to SIS, which some people actually
consider a promotion of sorts, and he was provided an attorney by the
Jackson so far remains on
patrol, and went out and got his own lawyer, because even though the
video tape clearly shows that Ramras was the aggressor in his efforts to
get out of his car, Jackson as the low man on the totem pole is
believed to be the one who stands the best chance of actually being
punished over this incident.
It’s just another example of how the Family & Friends Plan works in the Banana Republic of Miami.