"Let me see your I.D.," Alonso answered.

Diaz protested that he had done nothing. And he made a mistake. He admitted in his sworn IA statement that his driver's license was in his back pocket. He didn't want a ticket. So he lied to Alonso. He said his wife had driven off with his I.D.

Diaz is a big man. Alonso's police report says Diaz kept reaching nervously into his pockets. Alonso claimed Diaz "told him to leave" and "shouted obscenities." The deputy said Diaz was drunk.

Daniel Cortes, after his run-in with North Lauderdale cops Tucciarone, Novello, and Sokol.
Daniel Cortes
Daniel Cortes, after his run-in with North Lauderdale cops Tucciarone, Novello, and Sokol.
Gina and Randy Brin, with Gina's son Daniel. The Brins have filed a dozen Internal Affairs complaints against North Lauderdale police.
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Gina and Randy Brin, with Gina's son Daniel. The Brins have filed a dozen Internal Affairs complaints against North Lauderdale police.

Diaz vehemently denies these allegations. He'd had six or seven shots over the course of a long evening and a couple of beers while they were listening to music. Oddly, no drug or alcohol tests were conducted when Diaz was later taken to Broward General.

"The fact that he was drinking, he kept reaching into his pockets, just his overall demeanor... made me nervous," Alonso said in his IA statement. So Alonso reached for Diaz's pocket to pat him down for weapons.

Diaz stepped back. "Hey, what happen? What did I do?" he asked in confusion.

In his report, Alonso claims Diaz pushed and punched the deputy. But Diaz and three witness statements all contradict this. Diaz says at no time did he hit the deputy.

Alonso pulled out his expandable baton and hit Diaz on the neck and shoulders. Next door, Maria Oviedo, a waitress at a local pancake house, had gotten up to go to the bathroom when she noticed blue lights from Alonso's cruiser. In a deposition for the court case, she is emphatic. Oviedo stood in her nightgown looking out her open window directly onto the lawn next door. She watched from the time Alonso stepped from his car. She never saw Diaz make a threatening move or remark. She was certain the deputy struck Diaz first. Seeing Alonso beating Diaz with his baton, she called out the window: "Stop abusing him! I see what you are doing!"

Oviedo saw Alonso throw Diaz to the ground and Mace him in the face.

"I was in shock," she said in her statement. "So I moved back. I sit on my bed. I was so scared."

Oviedo considered calling 911. "I didn't call because I realized, he is a cop," she told investigators, referring to Alonso. "I said who is going to help me if he is a cop and he is abusing Mr. Diaz? So I never did."

Diaz panicked. The stinging pepper spray had hit the deputy too. As Alonso struggled to recover, blinking and coughing, Diaz jumped up, face buried in his hands, and dashed inside the house, locking the door.

Here, memories of deputy and civilian diverge. Diaz says he splashed his face with water, then stumbled into the master bedroom. Three witnesses agree that Alonso yelled four or five times for Diaz to "open the fucking door!" All recall hearing thuds as Alonso kicked open the front door. Bootsteps, as Alonso went from room to room, banging walls and cabinets with his baton.

Diaz told New Times he raised his hands and shouted, "I'm here!" When Alonso confronted him, he launched into cracking Diaz again with the baton. Thighs, stomach, arms. Diaz says Alonso was whaling on him.

All the witnesses agree that a backup team arrived within minutes and that four or five deputies burst into the bedroom.

Diaz says they beat him on his torso and legs with their batons. Every time they hit him, he remembers, they "would scream something." At first, he writhed and whined under the beating. Finally, he feigned unconsciousness. The deputies picked him up three feet into the air and dropped him, he says. At the end, "I had no choice but to take it. I thought I was going to die."

Diaz's friends had gathered in the next room with another deputy. Although they didn't witness the beating, they said in statements that what they heard in the bedroom "sounded like a dog being beaten."

"It was a wailing sound," de la Hoz remembers. Patino recalls hearing Diaz moaning "ay yi yi" each time he was hit and also hearing Alonso scream, "You motherfucker, you son of a bitch." The next time Patino saw Diaz, he says, Diaz was semiconscious and drooling.

Alonso's report paints a different picture. Although Diaz's attorney, Silber, later obtained photos of the broken door frame and boot-scuffed door, Alonso says the door "opened under the momentum of [his] body." In the master bedroom, Diaz lunged from behind a door and grabbed his neck. Diaz ripped away Alonso's microphone and radio when he saw the deputy trying to call for backup.

Alonso describes Diaz as wild under the influence of drugs. Still, Alonso overpowers him. When backup arrives, they find Diaz cuffed and subdued on the floor, drunk and unresponsive. The police report notes the presence of drugs and alcohol. Depositions taken from Alonso, Sgt. Richard Anton, and Deputy Ryath Benham corroborate this version of events.

Diaz was taken to Broward General. Photos show his torso and legs marked with crimson and purple welts. A hospital report notes lacerations on his abdomen, back, and right eye. His blood pressure is low; he's vomiting blood. From Broward General, he was transported to jail and charged with multiple felonies: battery on an officer, obstructing with violence, and depriving a deputy of a means of communication.

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THIS ALONSO WITH HIS CRONIES , Did NOTHING when i called in a theft in my home .. they took No Inventory and when i insisted they do something ,,, they Arrested me .... iN MY OPINION BSO = bULL sH*T oRGANIZATION  that was in 2006 ... they know who i am but they Know Not What I am Made Of !