Man Bites Police Officer’s Finger Off in Miami Despite Being Tased, Is it Flakka?
If you were on the road Monday morning in Miami, you were probably upset. Or sad. Or both. I-95 suffered one of the biggest hold ups in a long, long time- and while we were complaining about being late for work, an officer attempting to subdue a Taxi driver involved in an accident lost his finger. Because it was bitten off.
That should really put things in perspective.
According to the Miami New Times the man in question, Junior Prosper, fled the scene of the accident around 5 a.m.. When the responding Miami-Dade officer saw Prosper making a mad dash for the ramp directly towards oncoming traffic the officer attempted to subdue the erratic Taxi driver.
An altercation ensued, wherein the officer was forced to use his taser on the now-violent Prosper, which had no effect. As the fight escalated Prosper allegedly bit off the officer’s finger- almost clean off. The Miami-Dade police officer shot Prosper fatally- presumably on, or very near, I-95.
The shooting took place near 119th street.
Could Prosper have been under the deadly influence of flakka? Formally known as Alpha-PVP, the reported details of Prosper’s antics mirror conditions allowed by the addictive substance. There have been several cases of aggressors high on flakka being resistant to tasers, and sometimes multiple bullets.
Although no information as to whether or not Prosper was under the influence of anything has not been released, our speculations don’t seem too far from the mark. Instead of fleeing to safety, Prosper ran straight into oncoming traffic- which seems to be a trend for flakka users.
(Granted, unsupervised young children, and other people, also run into traffic- but we’re not talking about that right now!)
In the days to come, more information will probably be released as to whether or not Prosper was under the influence of any mind altering substances. Even so, it begs the question, should the responding officer (of which I haven’t been able to pin down the name of) have fatally shot Prosper?
In the moment of having my finger bitten off, I’m not sure how I would have responded either. When faced with a split second decision self preservation will always win- but are we training our officers to survive at all costs, when there may be alternative means of saving both lives? Can Miami expect a backlash from the death of Junior Prosper, who was fatally shot- as opposed to suffering an inhibitory wound? It’s hard to remain a threat with a bullet in your shoulder, or leg- or dare I say, knee.
We shouldn’t become comfortable with fatalities resulting from police run-ins, but we also cannot accept the death of officers, as a result from mind altering drugs, or otherwise. How can we keep a happy medium, and ensure both lives are treasured and protected?
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About the Author
Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.