Deputy Reportedly Punched Homeless Man, Filed False Report: Investigation (InformationLiberation)
Thursday October 4th, 2012
A Broward county sheriff's deputy, who is clearly hopped up on steroids, took his rage out on a helpless homeless man, then reportedly lied about it on his incident report.
FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A Broward Sheriff’s deputy found himself on the wrong side of the law after he allegedly punched a handcuffed homeless man while he sat in the back of a patrol car.Here's a video report via WSVN:
Thirty nine year old Mathew Eisenberg has been charged with battery, official misconduct and falsifying official reports. He surrendered himself to authorities at Broward’s main jail on Tuesday.
The incident reported happened last November near North State Road 7 and W. Commercial Boulevard.
In his report, Eisenberg said he saw James Rhodes panhandling in the intersection. When the light changed and the cars started to move, Eisenberg wrote that he saw several cars stop to let Rhodes cross lanes and one vehicle had to stop to avoid hitting him.
When the deputy called him over, Eisenberg wrote in his report that Rhodes started to walk the other way.
Eisenberg’s report states that he went after Rhodes, took him by the arm and told him he was under arrest for ‘soliciting/obstructing the roadway’. According to Eisenberg’s report, Rhodes tried to break free so the deputy forced him to the ground and handcuffed him. When he was forced to the ground, Eisenberg wrote that Rhodes sustained a cut on his lip.
According to the deputy’s report, Rhodes told him he was going to take care of things on Monday.
A complaint was filed and an internal investigation of the incident found a different series of events.
Rhodes and another deputy who was there at the time told an internal affairs investigator that Eisenberg did approach Rhodes about panhandling. According to report, Rhodes was ordered to sit in a grassy area while Eisenberg and the other deputy did the paperwork in a patrol car.
According to a third deputy who arrived on the scene, he gave his handcuffs to Eisenberg who then proceeded to handcuff Rhodes and place him in the back of the third deputy’s squad car.
Rhodes told investigators that while he sat in the rear of the car with his arms handcuffed behind his back, he asked Eisenberg about his duffle bag sitting on the ground which contained his possessions. When the deputy said it wasn’t coming with them, Rhodes reportedly replied “well Broward County can buy me a new one.” That’s when Eisenberg reportedly reared back and punched Rhodes in the face.
One of the deputies on the scene told the internal affairs investigator that he saw Eisenberg and Rhodes exchange words in the back of the patrol car and then Eisenberg leaned into the car and punch the handcuffed man in the face; the force of the blow split Rhodes lip.
Eisenberg’s attorney said his client is not guilty and plans to fight the charges.
Frankly, this cop is clearly hopped up on steroids. Broward County sheriff's deputy David Agosto was recently busted buying a hundred steroid pills, as Zimbio reports, "Agosto’s steroid dealer literally had a trunk full of steroids. David Kadler had in excess of 20,000 tablets of Winstrol and numerous vials of testosterone in his car trunk."
Agosto got off pretty much scot-free with only 12 months probation, but I think we now know where some of the demand came for his dealer's 20,000 tablets. This cop was likely on a roid rage and took his anger out on a helpless homeless man. He needs to be investigated for steroid use, admittedly I couldn't care less if someone wants to use them as all drug laws are a fraud, but when your job involves jailing people for doing the same, it's only fair the laws you violently enforce on others be applied to you as well.
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