Earlier this summer, Dirty Blondes on Fort Lauderdale Beach absorbed sweeping castigation after its bouncers beat two men who, according to video at the time, appeared nonviolent. But, as this week's New Times cover story has shown, bar security staff might not be the only ones at fault for the shocking stories of bouncer-inflicted violence on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Nine people who either witnessed or experienced bouncer-inflicted violence claim responding police -- some of whom net $600 per week working off-duty detail at beach bars -- either threatened to charge the victims, ignored the altercation altogether, or filed a report that misrepresented events. And perhaps there's no clearer proof of this sometimes-murky relationship between bars and the off-duty cops than the following video.
On July 28, after Alex Coelho and friend David Parker returned to the bar following the bouncer beatdown, police who often work off-duty on that strip arrested them on charges of disorderly conduct. Coelho also netted an additional felony charge of battery of a law enforcement officer, after the arresting officer, Marc DeCarlo -- a longtime off-duty cop at Fort Lauderdale Beach bars -- claimed Coelho had "unprovoked, suddenly approached me and with both hands pushed this officer in the chest, pushing me back."
This claim, however, doesn't appear to be accurate according to a new video New Times has obtained.
As you can see in the video, Coelho indeed approaches DeCarlo, who jerks back. But at no point does Coelho ever "unprovoked... with both hands push" DeCarlo.
All charges against Alex Coelho have since been dropped.
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You can read our full report about the relationship between off-duty Fort Lauderdale cops and beach bars here.