VIDEO: Cops Suspended Without Pay After Video Shows Them Hitting Suspect

The Hallandale Beach police were investigating use-of-force allegations that arose after an arrest was caught on video.

Hallandale, FL – Two officers have been suspended without pay while their police department investigates what happened at an incident on Thursday afternoon that was partially captured on cellphone video (video below).

The Hallandale Beach Police Department posted a message on Twitter after the video was released that explained they’re working to obtain all of the video available of what took place during the arrest of 27-year-old Daniel Dunkelberger.

“We are aware of the video that was released to the media today. We ask the public and media to remain patient while we conduct a thorough and objective internal affairs investigation," the department tweeted.

"We also would like the opportunity to obtain all video surveillance from the area,” they said.

Hallandale Beach Police Officers Jaime Cerna and Richard Allen were the officers who were suspended pending completion of their department’s internal affairs investigation, WPLG reported.

Officer Allen is a 35-year veteran of Hallandale Beach PD. Officer Cerna has been with the department for 11 years.

The incident began when police responded to a call on May 31 about a man who had stolen a cell phone and charger from a car in front of Max’s Car Wash, located in the 900-block of West Hallandale Beach Boulevard.

When police arrived on the scene and attempted to arrest Dunkelberger, he resisted and tried to run away. An officer deployed his Taser as the suspect tried to flee, according to WPLG.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene, only a small portion of which was captured on a cellphone video.

"The first guy started with the handcuffs, hitting him in the back of the head," a man who said he was a witness told WPLG.

The video isn't clear that the officer ever hit the suspect in the head, and no information was released about head injuries.

"When he started screaming, they got the cuff on him. But as he got the cuffs on, the other guy is taking him and shooting him with the Taser, punching him around the car,” he said.

The video shows the suspect's arm free with only a single cuff on.

The video, which has quickly gone viral, began with the officers ordering Dunkelberger to get on the ground. Wires from the Taser in one officer’s hand appeared to still be attached to the suspect’s body, as he continued resisting arrest.

The officers struck the suspect with batons multiple times in their efforts to take him into custody, the video showed.

One of the officers hit Dunkelberger once in the upper body, but doesn't appear to show a head strike as the witness claimed.

The officers were then able to take the suspect to the ground.

Once he was on the ground, Dunkelberger refused to comply with police commands to roll over so he could be handcuffed, the video showed.

In the video, an officer struck him in the legs once, forcing the Dunkelberger to roll onto his stomach, where officers proceeded to handcuff the suspect and take him into custody.

Dunkelberger was arrested and charged with burglary to an unoccupied vehicle and resisting arrest without violence, WSVN reported. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance before he was taken for booking.

His mother, Linda Dunkelberger, told WSVN that her son was "mentally challenged."

“To be beating him, it makes no sense to me,” she said. “I don’t understand this.”

Hallandale Beach City Manager Roger Carlton expressed concern about the incident and said it would be thoroughly investigated.

“We are concerned, I want to be very candid about that,” Carlton said. “Like any city, we have crime and we want our people to be protected, but we also want everybody to be treated fairly.”

WPLG reported that Dunkelberger was a repeat offender with prior arrests dating back to 2008.

He was previously arrested on a variety of charges that ran the gamut from burglary to aggravated assault while armed, according to WPLG.

You can see the end of the fight in the video below:

Comments (18)
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ragnarok1943
ragnarok1943

The consequences of resisting arrest. Mother says her son was mentally challenged. What difference does that make? Should he get special privileges to commit crimes? What a lot of the general public don't understand is that people who violently resist arrest may require more than just one or two officers to control without someone getting hurt in the process. Plus, these less than lethal devices are not what they are cracked up to be.

FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

Yep...any blow delivered with a baton or empty hand strikes will not look pretty. Just comply.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

The strike to the head didn't look extremely hard, but I'm sure this jerk's lawyers are gonna use the strike to the red zone as grounds for some lawsuit. Of course, the video, as usual, begins after the active resistance has already begun. One things for sure, with that driver's door open, that guy had an opportunity to steal that police unit, would not have been pretty had that happened, if he was desperate enough.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Suspended without pay while it is being investigated. You mean guilty until proven innocent!!! WTF!?

Pat1978
Pat1978

Read what the RP said.

Mrs10
Mrs10

I copied it here for everyone to read. Thanks for sharing!!

"He's trying to run away. He kept telling the officers, 'No I'm not going to sit down or put my hands behind my back,' and he pushed the older officer and that's when the other officer tackled him and tried to put him under arrest and put his arms behind his back," said Nicholas Garcia, who called police when, he says, he saw Dunkelberger taking his cellphone from his car. CBSNEWS.com

61mouse
61mouse

Why doesn't the asshole who suspended these guys have patient until the investigation is complete

And look what he was arrested for burglary and RESISTING ARREST

61mouse
61mouse

All police departments need a Frank Regan as their boss

NFPD103
NFPD103

Total BS the officers will be cleared and should sue the city for back pay and damges ,suspending them without pay WTF, the more this kind of police adminstration goes on the more this will happen. No wonder you cant get officers to stay on the job and departments have to lower standards to hire people.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

These spineless administrators needs to fine other jobs. It is ridiculous that so many officer’s reputations are being ruined because these cowards that video officers are only showing what they want you to see. To me I would not count a video unless I had the entire incident on film. It’s sad and I’m glad I’m retired because even officers are allowed due process, and they are innocent until proven guilty. Furthermore I am tired of anytime a thug gets his ass in a crack “oh he suffers from a mental illness”! It’s a crock of BS and grow up put your big boy panties on and accept your punishment. If you play you have pay!!!

GK18
GK18

All I can say is Hallandale PD’s administration are worthless. How in the world are you going to suspend your Officers for doing their job. Next time, just let the bad guys do what they want then we will see how the public and admin respond to that.

61mouse
61mouse

@ Cstuartsr. They go around and video tape the police but when they are being video on LIVE PD they bitch because they are being taped. And just love how the cheifs of PD are refusing or canceling LIVE PD because they don't want their city getting a bad rap

tfort
tfort

You guys will defend anything. Support the good cops and hold the bad ones responsible. The Chief has more information than you will ever have on this arrest. Trust the process.

tfort
tfort

It’s the Chief’s / Mayor’s / City Manager’s decision. They are running the city and have the power to do so effectively. If it’s orovec out they will get there jobs back with their pay. Really don’t think that is going to happen here.

tfort
tfort

Just comply? It doesn’t work that way. Mentally ill man, who is know to the cops as a mentally man. When someone doesn’t comply, it’s not open season to beat the man. Admin across the city’s office all agreed - they lost there temper and their paycheck.

The sooner you get this, the more likely you will keep your paycheck.

DJBLUELIVESMATTER
DJBLUELIVESMATTER

These incidents of cops getting grief for doing exactly what they are trained and paid to do is BULLSHIT! There always seems to be some illogical excuse for the behavior of the suspects to comply with the police...elected officials and liberal press always seem to take the side of these 'victims' thus making the cops a target for more and more harassment...let the police do their jobs. As for the jackasses and their cellphone videos-arrest them for impeding a police investigation

J.P. DuROCHE
J.P. DuROCHE

DJBLUELIVESMATTER, untill you live with a "Special Needs" person or have to take care of one you will never understand the Struggle they have to adjust to normal everyday life....