Sarasota officer fired in wake of beating video - FOX 13 News

Sarasota officer fired in wake of beating video

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SARASOTA (FOX 13) -

Sarasota Police Officer Scott Patrick is out a job after he was caught three months ago on video beating and choking a man outside a Sarasota nightclub.

The video, released by a Sarasota judge Wednesday, shows Officer Patrick throwing punch after punch after punch.

Then he appears to choke the man being held down by a number of officers.

According to Sarasota Police detectives, Officer Patrick admitted hitting Jason Dragash ten times in the face and choking him unconscious during his arrest for disorderly intoxication.

The video was taken August 4th by security cameras outside Club Ivory on Main Street in Sarasota.

Andrea Mogensen is Dragash's attorney.

"I don't think there is clearer evidence of a potential civil rights violation then a video beating by a law enforcement officer against a citizen of the community," Dragash said.

According to a 1,000 page internal affairs report, Officer Scott violated police policy and damaged the reputation of the police department and himself.

"The Sarasota Police Department will not tolerate any excessive use of force any act suspected of being excess force will be investigated and will result in disciplinary action. That charge of excessive force was sustained and the disciplinary action was the termination of Officer Patrick," said Captain Paul Sutton with the Sarasota Police Department.

The state attorney's office is looking into whether any criminal charges will be filed against the former officer.

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