Dirty Blondes: New Video Shows Cop Push Alex Coelho

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Alex Coelho
Earlier this summer, bare-bones bar Dirty Blondes on Fort Lauderdale Beach absorbed sweeping castigation after its bouncers beat two men and the incident was caught on video.

But, as this week's New Times cover story has found, police have incentive to side with the bars whenever there's an altercation between bouncers and patrons. That's because the cops work lucrative off-duty shifts at these bars -- shifts that are highly paid and poorly monitored.

In our cover story, nine separate 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 charges upon 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 after being beaten by bouncers, 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."

See also: Bouncers Beat Patrons, and Cops Look the Other Way

But this new video New Times has obtained shows DeCarlo doing the pushing.

Charges against Coelho have since been dropped.

You can find our full report on the relationship between off-duty Fort Lauderdale Police and beach bars here.

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15 comments
Charlie
Charlie

What about how the bouncer shoves(assaults) the man DIRECTLY IN FRONT of the officer IMMEDIATELY before the man is arrested.

HanleyCh
HanleyCh

Is it just me, or should officer Marc DeCarlo get charged with filing a false police report? 

zecamiami
zecamiami

South Florida must go on a clean up with these corrupted scum bag pig cops!!!

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

Mercenary cops. What does Capt. Frankie have to say? Nothing? No cop should ever work a detail at a bar/club. Not only a conflict of interest but, outright fraud against the taxpaying public.  Warning sign to all patrons. If there is a cop and or bouncer on duty, stay away.

warriorauron
warriorauron

HOLY SHIT THAT WAS THE MOTHERFUCKING PUSH OF THE CENTURY

DUDE DID YOU SEE THAT GUY

HE TOTALLY GOT MOVED ALMOST A FOOT BACK.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.............................there is NO question that the possibility of a "conflict of interest" exists here as SCOTT ROTHSTEIN has proven that both BSO AND FT LAUDERDALE police departments are "FOR SALE" and certain officers ARE in fact INFLUENCED in their official duties to perform for MONEY personal "favors"

who cares = period

MY POINT is............... why are these UNCIVILIZED animals and savages given the PRIME REAL ESTATE of the BEACH ? ! ? when they all could be moved down into some side street or alley and there the crooked cops, the alcohol-fuel patrons, the low-blow sucker-punching BOUNCERs can all have their private party together (and for all i care they can knock themselves senseless, night and day)

LEARN FROM MIAMI's URBAN WEEK fiasco that escalated into 106 bullets shot by POLICE into a single car two years ago !

VincentTobiaz
VincentTobiaz

Scumladerdale... strong provence of the police nation. 

FatHand
FatHand

Getting pushed by a cop is more than enough to get you arrested for pushing a cop.

Dino MacabreEnt
Dino MacabreEnt

Soflo cops being scumbags? Happens every day. Shit heads in a shit hole. Welcome to Florida.

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

Someone should remind these meat-heads of how Jaco Pastorius died. Yup, right here in Liquordale.

FatHand
FatHand

@warriorauron Obviously that's not the point. Dude was charged with battery on an officer. 

RANTone
RANTone

@FatHand just like asking a cop why you are being detained is more than enough reason [in their mind] to arrest you and charge you with resisting arrest.

FatHand
FatHand

@RANTone @FatHand Gotta love when people get arrested and their only charge is resisting arrest. 

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