David Parker, Beaten at Dirty Blondes, Slammed With Fresh Charges [UPDATED]

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Accused of fighting words and trespassing.
UPDATE, September 19: This story has been updated to incorporate responses from the Fort Lauderdale mayor and police department.

The City of Fort Lauderdale has filed fresh charges against David Parker, who was one of two men beaten by bouncers at Dirty Blondes earlier this summer in a graphically violent video that sparked sweeping outrage across South Florida, his lawyer told New Times yesterday.

In late July, authorities charged Parker, 28, with two counts of resisting arrest without violence and one count of disorderly conduct. Those charges have now been dismissed dropped -- replaced with a slew of fresh new, different charges.

"Obviously, he's disappointed," explained attorney David Kubiliun. "Especially when you get your butt kicked for no reason whatsoever and then they give you more charges on top of that."

Earlier this month, on September 10, Parker was charged with trespassing, threatening words, and engaging in fighting, according to court records.

"We're prepared to give him his day in court," Kubiliun said. "It's very disappointing, but we're going to see this through to the end."

Alex Coelho, the 28-year-old man who was bloodied and had his head stomped in the viral video, has already escaped all charges from the incident. Late last month, allegations of battery and disorderly conduct were dropped.

"Mr. Coelho and I were relieved by the news of all charges being dropped, as we have steadfastly maintained that Mr. Coelho was the victim of the brutal assault and battery by the employees of Dirty Blondes," attorney David A. Eddy said at the time.

But bouncer Abraham Zayas, who works at Exit 66, claims Parker returned to Dirty Blondes after the melee to confront the bouncers -- and wanted to pick a fight. "The bar is private property, and after you're asked to leave, it's trespassing to be there," he told New Times.

Zayas explained that no one at the bar wanted to fire the three bouncers who were involved in the fight, "but the mayor and the police chief called and said it was the only way to make things go away a bit."

UPDATE: Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler denies he ever called anyone at Dirty Blondes to recommend the firing of anyone, referring to that allegation as "double hearsay." His full statement is below.

Attorney Kubiliun says such a relationship between a bar and authorities may represent a conflict of interest. "Is there bias? Certainly. So we'll fight it in court and we'll see what happens."

Parker declined to comment when reached by New Times.

Jack Seiler responds to the claim he advised termination of a bouncer:

"I didn't speak to those guys about personnel issues. Their personnel issues are their personnel issues. I never told them to fire someone or not to fire someone. Then this lawyer paints the city in some light like we have a conflict of interest... I spoke to the [owner of Dirty Blondes] after the incident about negative press, safety and security issues on the beach, and the city's image. But we never discussed employees. I wouldn't even know the names of the bouncers."

Frank Sousa, Fort Lauderdale police spokesperson, also asked to clarify several points:

1) Sousa says the charges of trespassing, fighting words, and engaging in fighting refer to Parker's returning to the bar after the initial incident that was caught on video. "Parker returned to the rear of the business more than an hour later, and challenging the bar employees to a physical fight. When Ofc. Baxter approached Parker and told him he was under arrest, Parker took flight but was subsequently apprehended," Sousa wrote in an e-mail.

2) Sousa explains that the original charges were dropped, and the more recent charges do not constitute a "re-file." "It was a separate illegal act for him to return to the property and initiate a physical confrontation," he said.

3) Sousa says: "Neither the police chief nor the mayor ever directed the owner to take any actions against their employees. The police chief never spoke with the owner."

4) Sousa adds: "Finally, the Police Department immediately cancelled the off-duty detail at Blondie's while this matter is pending."

Here's the video:

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frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

this is bad for a number of reasons,  but mainly,  why does the police department need to charge this patron with insignificant and minor charges ?

this only AGAIN brings to light, the VIDEO, which clearly shows the severity with which those uncivlized employees of a beach bar physically initiated and beat up this patron in a savage and unprovoked attack using a behind the back choke hold and also sucker punching in bizarre and animalistic behavior throwing the patron to the ground

IT IS ALSO BAD BECAUSE aren't BOUNCERs supposed to calm and quell disputes and drunken arguments ? so why did these BOUNCERs initial the physical violence ? the simple answer is they were COVERED by the FT LAUDERDALE POLICE and think they were above the law as co-working police department officers as BOUNCERs so they pummelled and pounced on those patrons with IMMUNITY from prosecution by the ft lauderdale investigators - who DID initially let them off the hook AND ARRESTED those patrons = that is until that VIDEO showed the truth !

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

i thought they FIRED the BOUNCERs because one was charged with stomping a persons head WHILE on the ground and defenseless (felony battery) and the other either sucker-punched OR choked from behind anopther patron who was thrown to the ground (misdemeanor battery) and further will expose the bar operations to CIVIL charges if convicted

all one has to do is watch the video = any and all other activity is just puffery

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

WHY did the FT LAUDERDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT first arrest the two patrons of DIRTY BLONDEs who were almost killed by the bars bouncers BASED on the "investigation of the police department investigators" and then WHEN A VIDEO SHOWED otherwise, the POLICE then afterwards changed their position about the arrests, and further went on to arrest bouncers on FELONY count(s)

1) why did the initial "investigation" yield the arrests of the WRONG people, the PATRONs ?

2) why weren't the BOUNCERs initially ALSO arrested ?

3) why did the VIDEO contradict the official initial police report ?

4) why are the police protecting the bar operators ?

5 ) why were the actions of the BOUNCERs, sucker-punching patrons and choking patrons from behind and throwing patrons down to the ground then stomping on the head of PATRONs while on the ground NOT INITIALLY discovered by the "police investigation" ? who DID this "investigation" ? did those BOUNCERs also commit perjury or obstruct the "investigation" ? are those BOUNCERs now charged with obstruction of justice and perjury ?

America
America

Please post the police report regarding this arrest.

America
America

Do you ever strive for accuracy in YOUR stories or just throw anything on YOUR blog just for shock value? Hack. Let me guess, the police didn't answer their phone or email and the police report was unavailable for you to verify anything. Is YOUR source the silly pirate again?

BeachsideJoe
BeachsideJoe

You have got to be kidding.  The owner of these bars are pressing charges against a man that was beaten up by his criminal bouncers?  They only fired the bouncers because the mayor and the police chief told them too?  Well good luck with that!  I wouldn't be going to a Ft Lauderdale beach bar again.  

BeachsideJoe
BeachsideJoe


You have got to be kidding.  The owner of these bars are pressing charges against a man that was beaten up by his criminal bouncers?  They only fired the bouncers because the mayor and the police chief told them too?  Well good luck with that!  I wouldn't be going to a Ft Lauderdale beach bar again.  

America
America

@frankd4 THIS patron was NOT the one who was beaten severely.  It was his friend.  Blogger McCoy fails to mention this because it changes the shock value of his blog.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@America 

i think the VIDEO says it ALL - the BOUNCERs are uncivilized savage and violent animals who fight DIRTY = period

that is the whole story

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@BeachsideJoe 


welcome to the ft liquordale bowery beach


the savage uncivilized animals employed as BOUNCERs will be happy to smack you down fighting dirty and then commit felony battery on your head while you are defenseless

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@America @frankd4 

well when was the last time YOU could remember that a PATRON gets choked from BEHIND and thrown to the ground - a patron who in the VIDEO does NOT physically provoke but gets tackled backwards - in an action that BOUNCER is charged with misdemeanor battery because of it - TO ME that is a savage attack by an uncivilized animal who FIGHTs DIRTY on top of it all

THE SHOCK VALUE is that these three BOUNCERs acted like uncivilized savages against PATRONs in a fashion that was DIRTY fighting by sucker punching using women as protective shields and attacking patrons from BEHIND



mccoy.terrence
mccoy.terrence

@America @frankd4 That's absurd, America. Watch the video. You can clearly see Parker being grabbed from behind and choked -- outside of the bar. 


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