On Memorial Day, there was a terrifying police shooting in Miami Beach. After the shooting, the police turned their attention to Narces Benoit, who was recording the violent scene with his cellphone. They demanded him to handover the phone. At about 1:38 into the video below, you can see and hear a police officer turn to Benoit and shout: “Gimme the phone now!” They retrieved the phone and smashed it, according to Benoit. We have access to the video because Benoit slyly took the memory card out of his phone and hid it in his mouth before the police could get rid of the evidence.
Benoit and his girlfriend got into their car to leave, but not before a police officer turned his gun on the couple (see it at about 2 minutes into the video), demanding they get out of the car. The couple complied.
“They put guns to our heads and threw us on the ground,” his girlfriend, Ericka Davis, told the Miami Herald.
After getting his broken cell phone back, “he discreetly removed the … card and placed it in his mouth,” said the newspaper, which also reported the couple contends that officers “smashed several other cell phones in the ensuing chaos.”
The police chief says if the couple files a complaint, which they’re considering doing, the police department will investigate. Otherwise, the department has had little to say about what happened.