Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Police Ordered to Release Video

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Police Ordered to Release Video

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ARREST: Officer on leave while forceful takedown of suspect is investigated

SARASOTA

The Sarasota Police Department must surrender a videotape that reportedly shows one of its officers repeatedly striking a suspect in the face and then choking him unconscious, a judge ruled Tuesday.

The video was taken Aug. 4 by a security camera outside Club Ivory at 1413 Main St.

Officer Scott Patrick has acknowledged that he struck Jason B. Dragash, 29, 10 times during an arrest on a charge of disorderly intoxication for causing problems at the nightclub. He also acknowledged choking Dragash; the altercation was reportedly captured on a videocamera at the club.

Police officials put Patrick on administrative leave after viewing the video. He is under investigation by the department's internal affairs unit to determine whether he violated policy, and a team of detectives is investigating whether the officer committed a crime.

At a hearing last month, Assistant City Attorney Sarah Warren argued that releasing the video could impede both the internal affairs and criminal investigations. …

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