Florida Police Officer Resigns After Being Caught On Video Making Unlawful Arrest
Published on July 4, 2010
A Fort Lauderdale police officer has resigned after an investigation into a potentially unlawful arrest was taped on video camera by the suspect's girlfriend. Jeff Overcash turned in his badge Tuesday, according to the Broward New Times after giving a statement to the PD's internal affairs detectives. Overcash probably saw the writing on the wall as the evidence was stacked against him in the arrest of 26-year-old Brennan Hamilton, who may have been a punk, but was far less of a jerk than Overcash in April. Hamilton had the 'cuffs slapped on him on a night out in downtown Fort Lauderdale after he asked Overcash for his badge number after the two got into a little disagreement. Hamilton's girlfriend whipped out her cell phone and started shooting video of the incident, which showed a cocky Overcash commentating on the arrest while ushering Hamilton to his patrol car. Hamilton asks several times why he was being arrested and Overcash could only come up with, "I told you to get lost." The police report, written by Overcash, charged Hamilton with resisting arrest and disorderly intoxication, although the video never shows the suspect struggling and he doesn't appear to be drunk. The charges against Hamilton haven't been dropped yet. Fort Lauderdale PD said they are still investigating the incident.