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 po
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