The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has launched an investigation and relieved a Fort Lauderdale police officer of duty after a video surfaced showing the officer shoving a kneeling protester during last weekend's protest, Police Chief Rick Maglione announced during a news conference on Monday.
What happened: The incident occurred on Sunday as tensions rose in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
The video, which was taken by a protester, shows the officer pushing a black woman who was on her knees demonstrating towards the pavement as he walks passed her.
Other officers then push that officer away as protesters throw items in his direction.
Maglione said multiple officers had requested help in that area before the incident involving the officer took place. One officer, he said, had her car jumped on and its windows broken while she was in it.
The officer, who has been identified as officer Steven Pohorence, has been with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department since October 2016.