The City of Miami Beach has responded to claims its police department targets gay men, the Miami Herald reported.

Police officers Frankly Forte and Elliot Hazzi have been taken off patrol and assigned to desk duty pending the results of an internal investigation, city spokeswoman Nannette Rodriguez announced Thursday night.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLU) announced Wednesday its intention to sue the City of Miami Beach, Forte and Hazzi over a March 13, 2009 incident.

The civil rights group alleges the officers harassed and arrested Harold Strickland, a gay former Miami Beach resident, after he called 911 to report the beating of a gay man at the hands of the police officers as he lay handcuffed on the ground in Flamingo Park.

In his 911 call, Strickland says, “And they pushed this guy on the ground, the one cop did, and the other cop came up, as if he was kicking a football and kicked the guy in the head. Just some aggressive behavior going on and I'm not sure it's acceptable, to be honest.”

The officers arrested Strickland for loitering and prowling in the park, charges he pleaded no contest to, but which later were dropped.

The ACLU alleges the arresting officers yelled anti-gay slurs at Strickland as he was being booked, including multiple instances of calling him a “fucking fag.”