Former homeless man slapped by officer files lawsuit

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A Fort Lauderdale Police officer and the department is being sued by a man who was slapped by that officer when he was homeless.

On Wednesday, Bruce Laclair filed a lawsuit against Fort Lauderdale officer Victor Ramirez and the city’s police department for over $15,000.

In 2015, Ramirez was caught on video threatening and striking Laclair at a bus terminal in Fort Lauderdale. Laclair was homeless at the time.

Ramirez faced misdemeanor charges but was not found guilty.

He was put on a 20-day suspension shortly afterwards, though.

Laclair hopes the video will show his side of the story.

“He is concerned that because police control, when the body cameras are being used, that the truth and justice with regard to what happened will not totally be presented to the public,” said attorney Gary Kollin.

Laclair has since found a job and proper shelter.


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