Officer investigated after tossing peanuts at man in custody

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Officer Investigated After Tossing Peanuts at Man in Custody

A Sarasota, Florida, police officer is under investigation after tossing peanuts toward a homeless man in custody.

The video shows Officer Andrew Halpin tossing the food at Randy Miller, who then gets on the ground to eat it. Then, there's what sounds like laughing in the background from the other officers watching.

The Herald-Tribune reports Miller was treated like an "animal." A source told the outlet Halpin gave Miller "dog commands" during the incident.

Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette Dipino released a statement saying after seeing the video, she immediately began an internal investigation on Halpin.

WFTS reports Miller has been arrested 22 times.

Halpin is currently on paid administrative leave, though some say that's not enough.

WFLA reports the American Civil Liberties Union wants Halpin fired.

In 2005, two advocacy organizations said Sarasota was the "meanest city" to homeless people.

Miller was arrested July 18. The surveillance video was released Monday.
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