The Miami Police Department is facing a police brutality lawsuit after allegedly beating up a man at Ultra Music Festival in 2011 all because his girlfriend tried to bring a glow stick into the notoriously neon-tinged fest. That's at least the story of plaintiff Jesse Campodonico, a 27-year-old fitness trainer from New York.
According to The Miami Herald, Campodonico and his girlfriend Crystal Iglesias had flown down in March 2011 for the EDM blow out, but when they tried to enter Bicentennial Park on the first day they were refused entry because Iglesias was holding a glow stick.
The couple was originally dealing with a private security guard, but Miami police, all working as off-duty security detail, quickly got involved. Officer Nathaniel Dauphin told the couple that they couldn't enter.
Campodonico claims that Dauphin and three other officers then beat him, choked him, and needlessly tasered him three times. At the time Campodonico was charged with battery, but was later cleared with those charges. Prosecutors determined that the officers over reached their bounds by tasering Campodonico while he was already on the ground.
The other officers involved are Harold James, Edward Lugo and Javier Ortiz. The suit also claims that Ortiz lied during an internal report on the incident.
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Both Dauphin and James are no longer with the force. Both pleaded guilty recently to extortion after an FBI investigation found Dauphin was providing protection for a sports betting ring in Liberty City and James was providing protection for a check cashing store.
At the time officers claimed that Campodonico attacked them, and that they were merely trying to subdue and protect themselves from a violent man.