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MIAMI (WSVN) – The State Attorney’s Office has formally charged three South Florida officers in separate incidents.

Three South Florida police officers are in hot water on Wednesday.

According to the Miami Herald, one of the officers is Opa-Locka Police Capt. Sergio Perez.

The publication said Perez is being charged for battery, by shooting another Opa-Locka Police officer with a Taser practice cartridge after getting into an argument with that officer.

The Miami Herald also reported two other officers are facing charges related to the use of excessive force during arrests.

Former Miami-Dade Police officer Joseph Diaz is charged with a felony for allegedly lying about an arrest to justify his actions. He also has been charged with battery.

Former Miami Gardens Police officer Javier Castano has been charged for battery from a March 2020 rough arrest.

A media conference about the arrest of the officers took place at 2:30 p.m. at The State Attorney’s Office.

The state attorney showed video of the arrests that were investigated.

One video showed Officer Castano appearing to have kicked a man in the head during an arrest.

State attorney had a few things to say in regards to the arrests.

“It’s really sad for all of us in law enforcement when we have to charge colleagues that are here to protect and preserve public safety for our community,” said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, “but none of us can really tolerate that, nor do the good police officers tolerate this.”

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