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Analysis posted Sep 05 2012, 12:41 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: InformationLiberation Print

Cop Puts Man In Deadly Choke Hold, Punches Him 10 Times In Head For Acting Obnoxious

Police "declined" to release video of beat down
Chris | InformationLiberation

"It's not a crime to be disturbing or obnoxious. That's not criminal. There are no 'manners police,'" said Sarasota attorney Andrea Mogensen, representing 29-year-old Jason B. Dragash, of Sarasota Florida.

Unfortunately, no one told that to Officer Scott Patrick of the Sarasota police. Acting as a "manners policeman," the cop dealt out a vicious beating to the 29-year-old, all because he was allegedly acting boorish towards two women in a club.

The Herald Tribune reports:
According to his report, Patrick was flagged down around 3 a.m. by a woman outside the club, Alexandra Vitale, who told officers an intoxicated man inside was harassing her and her sister.

Vitale told the officers that she asked the man to leave her alone, and that she was afraid he would not stop the harassment.

Officer Patrick wrote he met Dragash outside the club, and warned him to leave Vitale alone or he would be arrested.

According to the report, Dragash said, "I don't give a (expletive) about these whores!"

Dragash continued to yell at Vitale and the police officers. Patrick grabbed Dragash's right arm and told him he was under arrest, which led to a fight.

"Officers attempted to gain control of the defendant's arms and both the defendant and the officer fell into tables that were next to him, knocking beer bottles onto the ground," the SPD report states.

The three men continued to struggle. Patrick noted in his report Dragash was in good shape and "extremely strong."

Dragash, who could not be reached by the Herald-Tribune for comment, graduated in 2001 from Sarasota High School, where he was called "Drago," and was both a weightlifter and an offensive lineman. The arrest report shows he is 6 foot 2 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds.

Patrick wrote he then "punched the defendant in the right side of his face approximately 10 times in an attempt to gain compliance from the defendant."

After the punches, Patrick applied a choke hold, stating he "was able to secure the defendant's neck and placed the defendant into the Vascular Neck Restraint, gaining compliance."

Choke holds like the one Patrick used can result in death if improperly applied, and are considered deadly force at most police agencies. Administratively, it is treated the same as a firearms discharge.

Dragash's face was swollen and bruised when a mugshot was taken later that morning. His right eye was nearly swollen shut. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

Dragash was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest.

This week, prosecutors dropped all charges.

Sarasota Police Capt. Paul Sutton said the incident is under investigation. Sutton declined to provide a copy of a video tape that shows the arrest and beating, which was shot from a security camera at the club.
If the police have nothing to hide, why won't they release the video of this beat down?

Note, Dragash was not charged with simply "resisting arrest," but "obstruction without violence," a completely ridiculous "crime" which can be tacked onto anyone who doesn't provide the police with complete, immediate submission, in precisely the way the police wish them to comply.
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Posted: Sep 05 2012, 12:55 AM

69181 Yeah, how dare that cop violate this 6'2" 240lb. man his god given right to harrass and degrade women who had the audacity to go to a night club!

I mean, this weightlifter had every right to follow two women outside a club and scream obscenities at a cop who told him to stop, and yeah, it was perfectly legal for him to resist arrest and fight off that mean officer who gave him warnings and then proceeded to try and handcuff him once it became clear he wouldn't listen to a man with a gun, much less two ladies.

Sheesh, f'ing police state we live in.

Posted: Sep 05 2012, 1:00 AM

Yeah, that's why the police dropped all charges against him! Clearly, in the video which they won't release, I trust it shows the cop's use of force was entirely appropriate, the police just dropped all charges to be nice! /s

Posted: Sep 05 2012, 1:54 PM

17311 Seriously, it sounds like there are two witnesses that can attest to everything. I've seen this happen before. Not police brutality, just a drunken meat head thinking he is above the law. I can usually vet this out coming from an area where police brutality is rampant.

Posted: Sep 08 2012, 10:25 PM

216227 I don't really feel for this guy, sorry. I know we're all about exposing brutality but I'd like to kick his ass too

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