Airline: Passenger removed after physical altercation on Miami flight to Chicago

Police used a stun gun multiple times on an unruly American Airlines passenger before removing him from a Miami to Chicago. | AP file

Police used a stun gun multiple times on an unruly American Airlines passenger before removing him from a Miami to Chicago. | AP file

Cellphone video posted online shows passengers clapping and cheering as Garcia is walked through the airport struggling against the police officers.

The dramatic, violent arrest on board an American flight last night started with another passenger claiming that 28-year-old Jacob A. Garcia had groped his girlfriend and ended with Garcia struggling violently with the Miami-Dade cops, who Taser him in the chest and back repeatedly to no avail.

Police said Garcia reached for an officer's handgun at one point and kicked the driver's side rear window of a police vehicle, causing about $150 in damage, WPLG reports.

A passenger onboard an American Airlines flight leaving Miami for Chicago on Sunday was arrested after he allegedly fought with another passenger before resisting arrest from several police officers.

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"You just assaulted a lady, for one", someone replies. Garcia began fighting with the couple, and officers hurried aboard.

American Airlines said in its statement it followed its normal procedures after the "disagreement" between passengers broke out, and said the flight departed with the remaining passengers about an hour after the scheduled time. Eventually, the taser does appear effective and officers were able to take Garcia into custody. Her boyfriend contacted the police when Garcia wouldn't stop, who intervened when he refused to deplane at the request of the flight staff. Once law enforcement was on the aircraft, the passenger then became combative with the officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department.

American said the passenger was ultimately arrested by law enforcement officials. During that process, a physical altercation between the same two passengers took place. It was not immediately clear whether Garcia had a lawyer.

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