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."

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