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Police officer who punched woman who slapped him during Miami football game cleared of wrongdoing

Miami-Dade police Detective Douglas Ross caught on video punching Miami fan

A social media video shows a Miami-Dade police officer punching a woman who slapped him (Courtesy: Barstool Miami).
A social media video shows a Miami-Dade police officer punching a woman who slapped him (Courtesy: Barstool Miami).

MIAMI – A police officer who punched a woman who slapped him during a University of Miami football game has been cleared of wrongdoing, according to affiliate NBC 6 South Florida.

Miami-Dade police Detective Douglas Ross was caught on video punching the woman after she slapped him Nov. 4 during the Hurricanes game against Virginia Tech at Hard Rock Stadium.

According to NBC 6 South Florida, the Miami-Dade Police Department said it looked into the incident and cleared Ross of wrongdoing.

Ross was seen punching Bridget Freitas, a 30-year-old nurse who was charged with felony battery of a police officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

The arrest report says Freitas was using profanity with other fans during the game. When police tried to calm her down, she refused to move to the concourse and sat on the steps.

Video shows four officers picking her up and carrying her to the steps. Freitas backhanded Ross in the face while he carried her by the leg. Ross responded by hitting her in the head.