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Video of cop hitting UM fan a lesson in policing stadium drunks

MiamiHerald / Touchdowns at football games are often hard to come by. Drunks in the stands, not so much.

That some will show up in all their inebriated obnoxious glory is the surest bet you can make on the huge University of Miami-Notre Dame game Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium.

Typically, really bad drunks – ones that annoy other fans so much that security is called in – are handled with little drama, ushered out to some place they can sober up or wait for a safe ride home. Actual arrests aren’t that common. More than 63,000 fans were in the stands at the Canes’ nationally televised game last Saturday, for instance, and Miami-Dade police made only two of them.

But one of them made headlines and the sparring in the stands between Miami-Dade police officer Douglas Ross and a 30-year-old UM fan from Pembroke Pines named Bridget Freitas has produced almost as much post-game analysis as the play on the field.

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