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- Caught on Camera. Danger on duty for a Miami Police officer when a man he's commanding to stop continues walking right at him. This video went viral last night. And CBS 4's Ted Scouten is live in Miami with more on what happened here. Ted?
TED SCOUTEN: Yeah, Elliot, this happened yesterday afternoon here in the busy Edgewater neighborhood of Miami. It was a tense encounter that could have gone south quickly.
- Back up! Back up! Back up! Back up!
TED SCOUTEN: Cell phone video captures a police encounter that's escalating by the second on North Bay Shore Drive in front of Margaret Pace Park.
- Get down!
- Stupid [BLEEP]
- Right now!
TED SCOUTEN: Police tell us Derek Peivandi was trying to burglarize an officer's car, then made a threat.
MANNY MORALES: Suddenly, he's confronted by the same male banging on his window, telling him he's going to kill him.
KERRI SAUER: I yelled out to him to calm down, to calm down, and he was in a zone. He wasn't going to hear anybody.
TED SCOUTEN: Kerri Sauer watched as this unfolded, fearful it could go downhill quickly, as she watched Peivandi get repeatedly tased while not following police commands.
KERRI SAUER: It really could. Like, if he doesn't comply, you know, he's got his hands in bags. Police officer doesn't know what's in his bags. You know, they know this guy, he's generally pretty harmless, he just talks to himself. But it could have gone south really, really fast.
TED SCOUTEN: Tasers did not work because the prongs got caught in his clothes. Assistant Miami Police Chief Manny Morales said the officers put their training to good use, using de-escalation tactics.
MANNY MORALES: Officer Martin is giving him verbal commands. As he's following his de-escalation training, he's backing up. They created distance so they can have the time to react. They deployed their non-lethal weapons. When they saw they were ineffective, they waited for backup.
TED SCOUTEN: When backup arrived, Peivandi he turned around, waited to be cuffed, and was taken down.
JUDGE MINDY GLAZER: How long have you been in Miami for?
DEREK PEIVANDI: About six months.
JUDGE MINDY GLAZER: Where'd you live before that?
DEREK PEIVANDI: Michigan.
TED SCOUTEN: In bond court, we learned he is homeless, and told police later he wanted to be taken into custody.
JUDGE MINDY GLAZER: And then post-Miranda, he confessed to trying to burglarize the police car. He wanted to get arrested to get a bath, a meal, and a place to sleep.
ALEX PIQUERO: I think that this was good policing, yeah.
TED SCOUTEN: Alex Picaro is a criminologist at the University of Miami who studied the use of force issues for years.
ALEX PIQUERO: Officers and police departments have had a total re-evaluation of how they approach suspects, you know, in these kinds of situations. So I think that those kinds of policy changes probably erred on the side of, let's err on the side of using as least amount of force for as long a period of time as possible.
TED SCOUTEN: When you saw how the police handled it, what's your response to that?
KERRI SAUER: Beautifully. Excellent. Yeah, you-- it was the best outcome you could hope for.
TED SCOUTEN: And the suspect is in jail in lieu of $7,500 bond. Meanwhile, there was a lot of concern during all of this as to what was in that bag that he was carrying. Police tell us this afternoon turns out it was flip-flops. Live in Miami, Ted Scouten, CBS4 News.