April 28th, 2010

Ft. Lauderdale cop arrests man for asking for his badge number 0

By Carlos Miller




And in today’s daily contempt-of-cop story, Ft. Lauderdale Police Officer Jeff Overcash did not appreciate a man asking him for his badge number, so he pulled out his handcuffs and arrested him.

And it was all caught on video.

The video shows Brennan Hamilton walking up to Overcash in a calm manner with a pen and notepad in his hand. Overcash, who is leaning against his squad car with other cops, then pulls out his handcuffs and arrests Hamilton.

Overcash charged him with resisting arrest without violence and disorderly intoxication.

For me, it’s like deja vu all over again.

In my second arrest, I had walked up to Miami Beach Police Officer David Socarras and asked for his name and badge number after he had ordered me to delete the photo I had taken of him.

One of his cohorts immediately handcuffed me and Socarras placed me in the back of his car.

Socarras initially charged me with disorderly intoxication but the state attorney’s office changed it to resisting arrest without violence.

The case was dismissed after Socarras failed to show up to trial on two occasions.

The above video was posted on the Broward-Palm Beach New Times and JAAblog.

Hamiltons’s attorney, Brad Cohen, stated the following on the latter blog:

“We have several witnesses for the incident prior to the arrest. The facts are essentially the train was going past the intersection, on SW 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. My client, Brennen Hamilton, was waiting with his wife and friends for the train to pass. My client leaned up against the rear of the police car.

Officer Overcash approached my client and took him by the arm and said ‘Get your ass off the car. How would you like it if I leaned my ass on your car?’ My client remained silent and rolled his eyes. The Officer said ‘Really tough guy, you have something to say to me?’ My client remained silent.

Officer Overcash then said ‘Yeah, that’s right tough guy, you’ve got nothing to say.’ The train passed and my client and his wife went to his car and called Fort Lauderdale Police, to complain about the treatment he just received. There wasn’t a Lt. or a Sgt. working at that time, so he left his number. During the call he was asked for the Officer’s name and badge number. He did not know that information.

After getting off the phone he went back to Officer Overcash and asked him if he could please give him his badge number and name. That is where the video is recorded. You can see my client approach calmly and request his badge and name. Without hesitation Officer Overcash immediately puts my client in cuffs, and ultimately charges him with resisting without violence and disorderly intoxication. My client was not intoxicated whatsoever. He is a licensed recovery agent and possesses all of the proper State licenses.

We called Internal Affairs today and left a message at 1pm, no call back as of yet. I am preparing my notice of investigation pursuant to Florida Statute and calling SAO Case Filing tomorrow to discuss the charges … “


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