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Fla. police investigate officer who tried to photograph Justin Bieber in custody

Pop star Justin Bieber was charged with driving under the influence, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest in Miami Beach on Jan. 23, 2014. HANDOUT/Miami Beach Police

A South Florida officer is under investigation for attempting to take a photograph of Justin Bieber while he was in custody on DUI and other charges.

Miami Beach police Sgt. Bobby Hernandez confirmed Friday that an officer is being investigated for possible conduct unbecoming an officer.
Punishments can range from a verbal reprimand to termination. The officer’s name wasn’t released.

Bieber was arrested Jan. 23 during what police describe as an illegal street drag race. In addition to driving under the influence, the 19-year-old pop singer was charged with resisting arrest and having an invalid driver’s license. He has pleaded not guilty.

Police say the officer attempted to photograph Bieber while he was in a temporary holding cell, and a higher-ranking officer intervened to stop her.