A sheriff’s deputy in Broward County, Fla., unleashed a tirade of obscenities and threats on a man who he reportedly was investigating for causing a disturbance.
Broward Sheriff’s deputy Alan Dubinski arrived on the scene to a disturbance call last July where Florida State Troopers had already detained Jessie Merchant (who, some reports indicate, has mental health problems) for allegedly running in and out of traffic.
Dubinksi said he had interacted with Merchant on previous occasions, and felt threatening to “beat the f*cking p*ss” out of Dubinksi and feed the subject to alligators was the best way to deal with the call.
CBS Miami transcribed the conversation as follows (video below):
“Jessie, I’m gonna tell you right now, your f—— a– is going home or I’m going to beat the f—— p— out of you,” Dubinski is recorded saying.
“Yes, sir,” Merchant replied.
“I see your f—— a– again tonight I’m going to f—— split your f—— skull f—— with my flashlight,” Dubinski is heard saying. “Remember what I told you about the alligators? I’m gonna feed your a– to them. I’m not gonna arrest you. I’m gonna feed you to the f—— alligators. I’m taking you out on the Alley and I’m dumping your a–. So you’re gonna die.”
After 30 seconds, the expletives and threats fly again.
“I get another call on you tonight I’m gonna come in your house, I’m gonna kick your f—— door in. You think I’m bulls——-?” Dubinski asked.
“No. I’m just saying you’re gonna kick the door down,” Merchant said.
“I’m gonna kick the f—— door in and I’m gonna come in there and drag your f—— a– out of your house, beating the p— out of you,” Dubinski said.
“I said yes, sir,” Merchant replies.
“And then I’m gonna feed you to the f—— gators,” Dubinski told him.
Just seconds later the tirade continues.
“I want to feed you to the alligators,” Dubinski said.
“You’re kinda scaring me,” Merchant said.
“I hope I am,” Dubinski says. “If I see you again tonight, I swear to God — God be my witness you’re a dead man.”
“Yes, sir,” Merchant said.
“Get the f— out of here,” Dubinski said.
The transfer was made public only after a Florida State Trooper who was on the scene deemed the deputy’s actions inappropriate and reported the incident to superiors. After an internal investigation, Dubinski was reprimanded and put back on the job.
The officer said of his actions, “Everybody’s gonna say it was improper, but it was effective. I didn’t hurt him. I’m going to put it behind me and move on. That’s how it goes.”
What’s most disturbing about Dubinski’s remarks on that day, however, are his threats to kick in Merchant’s door, drag the man from his home and “beat the p*ss” out of him. As reports of cops around the Nation behaving similarly routinely result in loss of life and limb of not just scumbag criminals, but also of unwitting innocents, there’s no reason to believe that Dubinski didn’t mean every word he said.
Dubinski may have simply been kidding around and trying to scare Merchant. But if you think the officer doesn’t believe he is above the law, try making similar comments to a person in a public setting.