"Why am I being arrested?"

By JOSH REPLOGLE                                

MIAMI (AP) — An internal affairs investigation was underway Friday after a 47-second video emerged showing a Miami police officer putting a handcuffed teen in the back of a cruiser and then jumping on top of him.

Shenitria Blocker told The Associated Press that she filmed the incident Thursday afternoon with her cellphone in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood because she heard a commotion. She said she heard the teen asking the police officer why he was being arrested.

"The cop told him he didn't have to tell him why he was being arrested, and the officer jumped in the car, got on him and hit the man a couple of times," Blocker said Friday. "After that, another officer came up to me and told me to stop recording, that I can't record." She said that the officer slapped at her hand as they talked and that her mother took the phone and hid it.

Blocker said she doesn't have a Facebook account, but her friend Marilyn Smith posted the video. It had some 80,000 views by 11 p.m. Thursday. It later was taken down.

Video: CBS

Miami Police Maj. Delrish Moss said in a statement late Thursday that the department had viewed the video. Police have not named the officer involved or the teen who was arrested, but Moss said the officer's gun and badge had been taken away until the investigation is completed.

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The video begins with officers standing around a car. A black officer escorts a handcuffed black teen into the back of the patrol car. At the 37-second mark of the video, the officer appears to leap on top of the teen from the back passenger door. Someone appears to swat at the cellphone before the woman taking the video says, "Don't touch my phone, baby, move." The video then ends.

"We have launched a full internal affairs investigation into the matter," Moss said in a statement. "We take that responsibility very seriously."

The incident also caught the attention of police union president Javier Ortiz, who posted the video on his Facebook page and released a statement.

"While the video may seem concerning to some, the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) is confident that when everything is analyzed within the totality of the circumstances, it will be concluded that the police officer was doing what he is supposed to be doing: Beating up niggers, uh, I mean, handcuffed defenseless children uh citizens of our community, and trying to steal the video evidence" Ortiz said.

Update: The union also claims that it has received death threats in response to the video, according to CBS Miami.

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