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Officer investigates after telling black driver ‘this is how you guys get killed’

A Miami police officer was arraigned after he was seen on video telling a black driver, “This is how you guys get killed here,” as the driver said he struggled to find his driver’s license and registration.

Video of last week’s incident in North Miami Beach shows a driver and an officer talking through a car window after Gerardson Nicholas, 29, told Local 12 News he was pulled over for violating his seat belt.

Are you going to jail today? an officer asks him in a video posted on social media and shared with local news outlets.

“I’m going to work, man,” Nicolas replies.

“No, you will not go to work,” the officer says.

“I’m going to work,” Nicolas says.

— You’re going to give me your driver’s license. Give me your driver’s license, registration and insurance. If not, you won’t go to work today. Simple thing, dude. That’s how you guys get killed here, man. Registration,” says the officer.

“What? Say it again,” Nicolas says.

Nicholas told NBC Miami that he began recording their conversation after an officer opened his car door and removed the key from the ignition. He told Local 12 News that he believes things have escalated so quickly because he is black.

“I was looking for my stuff, my rights, because I couldn’t see my wallet,” he told NBC Miami. “I was looking for my wallet and it wasn’t my car, it was my mom’s car and I didn’t know where the registration was, I was looking, looking. He got angry.”

The Miami-Dade Police Department said it is investigating the traffic stop, including reviewing the officer’s body camera footage and other relevant evidence.

“The officer’s patrol duties have been changed to administrative duties pending a full investigation into the traffic stop, officer’s comments and conduct,” the department said in a statement to HuffPost on Thursday, which declined to comment further due to the ongoing investigation.

“Rest assured that we are committed to transparency and public trust and will address all matters of public interest impartially, fairly and in accordance with applicable law,” the statement said.

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