Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A week later, no arrest has been made after a former police officer punched a Florida valet in the face

Posted By on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 2:50 PM

Not a single arrest has been made after a video surfaced last week showing a valet attendant in Fort Lauderdale getting punched in the face by a former police officer.

According to the Associated Press, Ocean Sky Hotel & Resort front office manager Nigel Blair says "it makes no sense" that police have yet to arrest John Kiernan of New Smyrna Beach after security footage clearly shows him punching a hotel employee in the jaw on July 25.

"I have seen them arrest people for just touching someone,” said Blair to the AP.

The video shows Kiernan speaking with resort valet Rudolph Rodriguez, who can be seen putting his hands in his pockets before getting knocked out.

Rodriguez told WTVJ-TV, who first reported on this story, that Kiernan was upset over an $18 valet charge. "He punched my face and I don't remember nothing," said Rodriguez to the station. "He punched me for no reason."

Kiernan, who was a former SWAT officer in Georgia, told WTVJ-TV that Rodriguez was disrespectful to him and his wife in front of his kids and he wanted to fight.

The resort's night manager, Mark Dyer, told CBS Miami that he witnessed the punch and that it took police 14 minutes and paramedics 15 minutes to arrive on the scene.

A Fort Lauderdale police spokeswoman stated that the investigation remains open and that the officers did not have access to the video when the were called to the scene, nor did they know Kiernan was a former police officer.

In a statement obtained by the AP, Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione said "I firmly believe public safety professionals should be held to a higher standard than the general public, and any insinuation that there is a culture within the Fort Lauderdale Police Department of turning a blind eye to criminal acts by current or former police officers is completely without merit."

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 13, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation