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5 Arrested In Brawl With Beach Patrol Officer
wftv.com ^ | 6 June 2011 | Mary Nguyen

Posted on 06/06/2011 7:49:42 PM PDT by smokingfrog

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Five people were arrested in Daytona Beach after getting into a brawl with a beach patrol officer, and the officer said he was attacked by a dozen people.

The brawl was recorded on someone's cell phone, officials said. The incident is now under review because someone complained about the officer's demeanor and said he was racist against Hispanics, according to investigators.

The person who shot the video stayed back, officials said, as people watched Captain Rich Gardner and Luis Marte-Soto fight last Saturday near Sun Splash Park in Daytona Beach.

Officers said Marte-Soto got upset when the captain pushed a pregnant woman. The men started rolling around on the beach and slammed each other against a car. While the two were fighting, another person stomped on Gardner's head, officers said.

According to officers' reports, there were dozens of people on the beach drinking when Gardner walked over to some beachgoers with open containers. Officers said Gardner was in the process of arresting the people when Sheraldy Morales approached him. Gardner said she started to yell at him and became aggressive, so he grabbed her and tried to handcuff her.

Morales tried to pull away at that point and Marte-Soto said he became angry because Morales was pregnant, so he pushed the captain. The two started fighting while a mob surrounded them.

Officers said five people were arrested and two people were given tickets for having an open container. No injuries were reported and the pregnant woman was not hurt, officers said.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: alcohol; daytona; pregnantwoman
Video at link.
1 posted on 06/06/2011 7:49:48 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog
In before the usual suspects show up to intimate that possession and use of a cell phone camera is tantamount to an irrational hatred of all police officers.
2 posted on 06/06/2011 7:53:48 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks smokingfrog.
someone complained about the officer's demeanor and said he was racist against Hispanics
Tell it to the INS.


3 posted on 06/06/2011 7:55:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: MrEdd

Judging by the vid, those were the usual suspects.

Cops should have tasered a few, that might have changed their minds.


4 posted on 06/06/2011 7:58:20 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: West Texas Chuck
I was just at Folly Beach in SC where the police hand out cups for you to pour your beers into. I guess cans and bottles aren't allowed, but the beverages are.

Don't know what the laws are in Daytona, but screaming at a cop or attacking a cop usually doesn't get a pleasant response.

5 posted on 06/06/2011 8:05:30 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: smokingfrog

wonder if she was drinking beer?
wonder if this will make law enforcement (because race-card pulled), less likely to arrest law breakers? heck, the fed govt. and libs already don’t want illegal immigrant lawbreakers arrested.


6 posted on 06/06/2011 8:13:26 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: USNBandit

That actually is a very civilized way to do things- most of the problems with public drinking are due to people getting stupid and throwing bottles or cans.


7 posted on 06/06/2011 8:16:42 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- mission accomplished)
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To: smokingfrog
Sounds like Captain Rich Gardner was trying to do his job, unfortunately, he was dealing with a bunch of drunk idiotic racist morons.


8 posted on 06/06/2011 8:24:23 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: smokingfrog
The brawl was recorded on someone's cell phone, officials said. The incident is now under review because someone complained about the officer's demeanor and said he was racist against Hispanics, according to investigators.

Well, Hispanic is not a race, but, if the officer is prejudice against Hispanics, these people did nothing but reinforce his view.

9 posted on 06/06/2011 8:35:47 PM PDT by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: smokingfrog

Obama and Co are encouraging this. Obama needs to step down.


10 posted on 06/06/2011 10:10:56 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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