Officer punches Miami fan after being slapped

Police are investigating a videotaped altercation where an apparently intoxicated University of Miami football fan slaps an officer, who then punches her in the head.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. --  Another viral video involving a police officer is causing quite the stir.

Police are investigating a videotaped altercation where an apparently intoxicated University of Miami football fan slaps an officer, who then punches her in the head.

Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said in an email Sunday that the department is “gathering all of the details to gain a clear understanding of what occurred” during the altercation at Hard Rock Stadium during Miami’s win Saturday over Virginia Tech. He released no specific information, including the names of the officer and woman and whether she was arrested.

A statement released Sunday reads: "Promoting a safe and secure environment during any special event is our primary concern. After responding to a disturbance, the person in the video was being removed from the event by our officers for being disorderly. She was subsequently arrested for Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Disorderly Conduct/Breach of the peace. Supervisory personnel are aware of the video and are reviewing the incident to ensure compliance with our policies and procedures."

In the 14-second video posted on Twitter, three officers carry a young woman wearing a green and orange Miami jersey up the stadium steps, one officer hoisting her torso with his arms under her shoulders and the other two carrying her legs.

She flails at the officer carrying her right leg with her open hand and misses the back of his head, but nails him in the face with her backhand.

He immediately reacts, hitting her in the head with his right fist, causing her to crumble in the officers’ arms as she is carried out of view of the camera.

The woman appears to be white or Hispanic and the officer black.

By Sunday morning, the video had been shared on Twitter more than 2,000 times and was posted on numerous websites.

University of Miami officials said they were aware of the video and were also gathering information.

The school often employs off-duty officers in uniform to assist with crowd control, traffic and security at football games, and there were multiple skirmishes in the stands Saturday that required intervention of law enforcement and others.

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