A new videotape is causing a stir in Florida after Broward Sheriff’s Officer Deputy Alan Dubinski unleashed a torrent of obscenities on a suspect, Jessie Merchant. Duinski threatens to threw the man to alligators. Yet, he was given only a written reprimand and returned to active duty. Ironically, Merchant was being investigated for causing a disturbance. The video is below.
Dubinski is shown starting out mildly with the question “What’s up with you today, Jessie?” However, when Merchant (who has a criminal history) begins to respond, Dubinski unloads his torrent.
“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 . . . I see your f—— a– again tonight I’m going to f—— split your f—— skull f—— with my flashlight . . . 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.”
This resumes a short time later as the word f–k is used in an impressive array of noun, verb, and adjectival forms.
“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——-? . . . “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.” “And then I’m gonna feed you to the f—— gators,”
Merchant can be heard agreeing with him. But that does not appear to matter as Dubinski returns to his alligator fodder theme: “I want to feed you to the alligators.”
Merchant responds “You’re kinda scaring me” and Dubinski responds “I hope I am, If I see you again tonight, I swear to God — God be my witness you’re a dead man.”
“Yes, sir,” Merchant responds and Dubinski ends with “Get the f— out of here.”
The only positive aspect of this incident that Trooper Lawrence Petraglia called a supervisor to report the “excessive” scene. That type of professionalism is often found missing as officers support each other in such incidents out of loyalty.
When later confronted and asked if he regretted anything in the encounter, Dubinski said “I probably wouldn’t have said some of the f words.” That is a bit odd because I would have started with the threats (and oath to God) to kill a citizen. He added “In the eyes of the public, it’s probably not, but every situation is different, sometimes you have to be harsh with some people to get your point across to them that they understand and this is the way that Jessie understands and the problem was solved.”
Well, the public also understands that criminal threats can be charged as a crime and that a public official claiming the right to kill citizens arbitrarily suggests that neither state nor federal law applies to to him.
Source: Palm Beach