Video released: Officer punches man's head 10 times | News
Sarasota, Florida -Sarasota Police Officer Scott Patrick is under an internal investigation by the police department and a criminal investigation by the State Attorney's office after he admitted to punching a man ten times in the head during an arrest for disorderly intoxication.
Sarasota Police Chief Mikel Hollaway released a video of that incident today.
It took place August 4 around 3 a.m. at Club Ivory on Main Street.
According to the probable cause affidavit, when 29-year-old Jason Dragash resisted arrest, a scuffle began.
Officer Patrick and Dragash fell onto a table with beer bottles. Officer Patrick writes- to gain compliance, he punched Dragash ten times in the head.
Chief Hollaway said when the shift commander arrived at the scene, Dragash's injuries alarmed him. He requested to see the night club's surveillance video, and immediately launched an internal and criminal investigation.
Chief Mikel Hollaway assured the community the case will be thoroughly investigated. Hollaway said, "I want to let you and my community know I take these allegations seriously."
Office Patrick is under administrative leave. He's been with the Sarasota Police Department for nine years.
Both the police department's internal investigation and the Stat Attorney's criminal investigation should be completed by mid November.