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Dirty Blondes Incident Has Fort Lauderdale Police Seeking Help From Public

Sunday's incident at Fort Lauderdale beach dive bar Dirty Blondes is raising more questions and, although two people were arrested, the Fort Lauderdale Police are asking for help in trying to figure out what happened.

Detective DeAnna Greenlaw of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department's media relations team issued the following statement regarding the widely distributed video, which disturbingly shows a bouncer pushing and punching a patron before stomping on his head:

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"The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is aware of the short clip that has been circulating via YouTube and social media, and we are looking into the details surrounding this incident.

At this time there have been no reports filed with this agency depicting the incident that was captured on this video. The agency encourages both of the individuals arrested to come forward and file police reports regarding the altercation that took place prior to our arrival on scene. Incidents received by this agency will be given the professional and thorough attention that is deemed necessary.

The aforementioned 15 second video, is a disturbing clip, but it is also extremely short. Anyone with further information or video surveillance of the incident is encouraged to contact the Fort Lauderdale Police Department 954-828-5700."

Greenlaw also released the complaint affidavits filed against Alexander Coelho and David Parker, who were arrested and released on bond.

According to Coelho's complaint report, officer M. DeCarlo "observed the defendant and co-defendant having a verbal confrontation with security, both subjects had injuries, and blood on them. Both subjects were threatening the staff trying to fight them. I gave them a lawful order to stop, but they refused and continued yelling and threatening physical harm to the staff."

Then, the officer said the "subjects then turned their attention on me, and started cursing me."

"Unprovoked, he suddenly approached me and with both hands pushed shoved [sic] this officer in the chest pushing me back. I then punched him in the chest with a closed fist to back him up."

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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