An internal review determined a Miami Police Department officer was justified when he cuffed Dr. Armen Henderson, a Black doctor who received media attention for helping the homeless during the COVID-19 crisis.
“As a sworn police officer, Sergeant Menegazzo had the right to detain Dr. Henderson until his reasonable suspicion that Dr. Henderson was dumping illegally was dispelled,” the memo read.
The memo asserted Menegazzo “did not stop Dr. Henderson because he was black, and further advised that if Dr. Henderson had been white or Hispanic, he would have acted in the same manner.”
Even though Menegazzo is off the hook for cuffing Henderson, he was cited for three errors.
Henderson disapproves of the decision and told The New York Times Menegazzo “put my life in danger by not having a mask on.”