Ex-Miami Beach Cop, Cleared in Shooting, Arrested Again

MIAMI (CBS4) -Former Miami Beach police officer Adam Tavss, cleared 2 months ago in the 2009 shooting of tourist Husien Shehada, is back behind bars for allegedly attacking his former girlfriend, and violating probation on a marijuana charge.

Tavss was arrested Sunday morning by Doral Police, and charged with False Imprisonment and Battery. Appearing in Miami-Dade bond court Monday morning, Tavss was held on a $6,500 bond, but it was his past brush with the law that caused the former cop the most problems.

He had been placed on probation for two years after he was arrested and charged with growing marijuana. He was spared jail time so long as he didn’t get into further trouble with the law.

With his weekend arrest on the battery and false imprisonment charge, the judge said he had appeared to have violated his probation, and ordered him held without bond on that charge.

In court, Tavss said his arrest was because of a dispute with ex-girlfriend Angelica Ramos, with whom he shares a child.

According to the police report, Tavss allegedly “punched her and pulled her to the ground by her hair. The defendant then bit the victim on her arm.”

She also told police he forced her onto the apartment’s balcony and would not let her leave.

Miami-Dade prosecutors cleared Tavss in the shooting, saying he was justified in using deadly force when he shot Shehada two years ago.

Prosecutors said that Tavss “likely was led to believe that his life or the lives of others was in danger” when he shot Shehada.

Relatives said the shooting was wrong and cited the fact that just four days later, Tavss was a part of another police-involved shooting. The Shehada’s attorney, John Contini, predicted a civil jury will side with the family.

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  • Grovelocal

    Why would someone who was once an officer of the law think that violence, intimidation and false false imprisonment is acceptable?

    Training and experience.
    That’s why.

    • danny

      Perpetual wisdom coming from someone who’s never been in the police department. Police officers at times do use intimidation to get people to comply with their wishes, such as releasing any illegal material they might have before searching.

      Out of thousands of police officers across the country, very few of them ever become notorious for their actions, yet idiots like you generalize all cops into being corrupt. Thanks okay though you don’t know any better.

      • flochild

        More and more police officers are being recorded and what we are seeing shocks the conscience of any truly law abiding citizens.
        –murder by taser
        -Unconstitutional searches
        -Lying in open court with no reprecussion

        Assume you are being recorded every moment that you are in public, because we are working to make that a reality, like it or not.

    • Chet


  • Just The Facts

    Did they name a street after this pig? Booo hooo a cop died all the community come out. All cops in Miami are corrupt, even the recently dead ones. The biggest law violators are pigs or cops. Good job by the SAO in clearing all the cops or pigs when they kill innocent people. This cop killed a potential customer of his!

  • Grovelocal

    No. You are correct. I have never been a police officer. I have known a couple though and they would complain about how corrupt the department was. That’s the City of Miami Police department though. I’m not certain which department you are affiliated with.
    Also, several years ago I was homeless and was threatened with physical violence and put in fear of my life, several times at gunpoint all for the crime of being homeless. Its scary being at someones mercy when both they and you know that they will not be held accountable.
    I currently have a friend in San Francisco who is a witness for the FBI in an SFPD corruption case. And speaking of North Cali… could you not tell the difference between a taser and a pistol?
    I believe that those who enforce the law need to be held to a higher level of accountability, not a (much) lower one.

    PS. See? I was able to say all that without name calling or personal attacks. Your turn! ;)

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