Fake arrest of scantily-clad women lands Florida police officer on leave

Miami Beach officer identified as Richard Beeker

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Videos posted to social media on Monday evening show a uniformed police officer escorting three lingerie-clad women in handcuffs to the doors of Miami Beach Police Department headquarters in an apparent staged arrest.

The fake-arresting officer is identified in an official statement by Miami Beach Police Department as Richard Beeker.

In the first video, Beeker is seen escorting the three women to the front door of the police station. In an apparent follow-up video, Beeker is seen on a police-issued ATV speaking with the women, who appear to thank him for helping them out.

"No problem, I like to protect and serve," Beeker said just before driving away.

The videos were posted to an Instagram account belonging to Francia James, a Playboy cover model and performance artist from Miami, who also appears to be one of the women in handcuffs. James tagged fellow models Julianne Kissinger and Maddy Belle, whose accounts are also verified by Instagram.

One video accumulated more than 2 million views across the three Instagram accounts by early Tuesday morning.

Beeker is on paid administrative leave while the investigation takes its course.

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Trent Kelly is an award-winning multimedia journalist who joined the Local 10 News team in June 2018. Trent is no stranger to Florida. Born in Tampa, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he graduated with honors from the UF College of Journalism and Communications.