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Officer on leave after punching and choking suspect

A Sarasota police officer is under investigation after punching a suspect in the head 10 times and then choking him unconscious during a misdemeanor arrest earlier this month.

Officer Scott Patrick was placed on paid administrative leave following his Aug. 4 arrest of Jason B. Dragash, 29, outside Club Ivory, at 1413 Main St.

According to his report, Patrick was flagged down around 3 a.m. by a woman outside the club, Alexandra Vitale, who told officers an intoxicated man inside was harassing her and her sister.

Vitale told the officers that she asked the man to leave her alone, and that she was afraid he would not stop the harassment.

Officer Patrick wrote he met Dragash outside the club, and warned him to leave Vitale alone or he would be arrested.

According to the report, Dragash said, "I don't give a (expletive) about these whores!"

Dragash continued to yell at Vitale and the police officers. Patrick grabbed Dragash's right arm and told him he was under arrest, which led to a fight.

"Officers attempted to gain control of the defendant's arms and both the defendant and the officer fell into tables that were next to him, knocking beer bottles onto the ground," the SPD report states.

The three men continued to struggle. Patrick noted in his report Dragash was in good shape and "extremely strong."

Dragash, who could not be reached by the Herald-Tribune for comment, graduated in 2001 from Sarasota High School, where he was called "Drago," and was both a weightlifter and an offensive lineman. The arrest report shows he is 6 foot 2 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds.

Patrick wrote he then "punched the defendant in the right side of his face approximately 10 times in an attempt to gain compliance from the defendant."

After the punches, Patrick applied a choke hold, stating he "was able to secure the defendant's neck and placed the defendant into the Vascular Neck Restraint, gaining compliance."

Choke holds like the one Patrick used can result in death if improperly applied, and are considered deadly force at most police agencies. Administratively, it is treated the same as a firearms discharge.

Dragash's face was swollen and bruised when a mugshot was taken later that morning. His right eye was nearly swollen shut. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

Dragash was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest.

This week, prosecutors dropped all charges.

Sarasota Police Capt. Paul Sutton said the incident is under investigation. Sutton declined to provide a copy of a video tape that shows the arrest and beating, which was shot from a security camera at the club.

Sutton would not say whether Sarasota police officers are taught to use blows to the head and face to gain compliance of an unruly subject, or why Officer Patrick did not use non-lethal weapons such as a Taser or pepper spray.

Assistant State Attorney Anne Dryden did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Dragash had been arrested for disorderly intoxication in August 2006. He pled guilty a month later.

Sarasota attorney Andrea Mogensen said she will be filing suit against the city and the police department on Dragash's behalf.

"We question why there was any reason to use force at all," said Michael Barfield, a paralegal at the firm.

Mogensen said the charges Dragash faced do not justify the kind of force that was used during the arrest.

"Worse yet, the facts they allege don't support the charges," Mogensen said. "It's not a crime to be disturbing or obnoxious. That's not criminal. There are no 'manners police.'"


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  • Fight with the police, the police fight back.

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  • Dumb prick was looking for a fight

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  • When a cop tells you to do something, you do it or fight, your choice.
    If you cooperate and act civilised there is a good chance you will sleep in your own bed that night.
    You continue to stir up shit you will look like the loser in pic and receive a free weekend stay at hotel lock up.
    Simple even for a simpleton, you would think.........

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  • 'Its not a crime to be disturbing or obnoxious'...it should be...

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  • From what the story says he should have been arrested for harassment & public intoxication plus resisting arrest.
    Dropping the charges makes no sense, it's like broadcasting, sue us now.

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    • @Ruffus

      Ya,....some of these "police chiefs" who have never been a cop, but were appointed by the city are idiots. They have no idea what it is like and they are more interested in saving their own ass under the scrutiny of public opinion. Instead, they would rather crucify a cop, destroy his life, his family, and cause him to lose his home.

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    • @xdeadhead Do you comprehend what I said?

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  • Considering the guy was a 6 foot 2 inch aggressive, drunk weightlifter. I expect we would be looking at photos of bruised policemen if they hadn't punched him several times-serves him right.

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  • "Worse yet, the facts they allege don't support the charges," Mogensen said. "It's not a crime to be disturbing or obnoxious. That's not criminal. There are no 'manners police.'

    Horse shit, Its called public intoxication or disorderly conduct. Either way he was not welcome at this private establishment any longer. Could be trespassing if he would not leave the building... Just because its a club or bar Doesn't give you the right to be a drunk uncontrollable idiot.....

    Beat the More..

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  • Ok......so this drunk asshole fought with the cop. So what did the cop do wrong? Fuck this piece of shit hillbilly.

    Per this article, "Choke holds like the one Patrick used can result in death if improperly applied, and are considered deadly force at most police agencies. Administratively, it is treated the same as a firearms discharge."

    WRONG fuck sticks....it was NOT a choke hold. Some police agencies call it a "carotid restrain". When this technique is used, the idio More..

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  • If he was fighting them FUCK HIM. He deserved the beating.

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  • He deserved it.

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  • I bet the other half of the drunk athelete said to himself " I should have been in track" so I could have out ran them....

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  • Life lesson 101:If a cop is beating you and he is winning, you're going to be swollen and charged with resisting. If a cop is beating you and you're winning, he'll shoot you dead.

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  • the manner police...lol

    in the land of the FREE

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  • this asshole looks like a punk fuck good for him too bad hes still alive

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