This video shows a disturbing scene as a man, Brennan Hamilton, who is arrested after he asks for the name and badge number of a Fort Lauderdale police officer who is identified as Jeff Overcash. On the video, Overcash is asked why he is arresting Hamilton for just asking for his badge number and he responds by saying it was for something that he did earlier (but apparently something that Overcash did not appear to believe warranted an arrest at that time).
An account by someone reportedly representing Hamilton was posted on some websites:
We have several witnesses for the incident prior to the arrest. The facts are essentially the train was going past the intersection, on SW 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. My client, Brennen Hamilton, was waiting with his wife and friends for the train to pass. My client leaned up against the rear of the police car.
Officer Overcash approached my client and took him by the arm and said ‘Get your ass off the car. How would you like it if I leaned my ass on your car?’ My client remained silent and rolled his eyes. The Officer said ‘Really tough guy, you have something to
say to me?’ My client remained silent. Officer Overcash then said ‘Yeah, that’s right tough guy, you’ve got nothing to say.’ The train passed and my client and his wife went to his car and called Fort Lauderdale Police, to complain about the treatment he just received. There wasn’t a Lt. or a Sgt. working at that time, so he left his number. During the call he was asked for the Officer’s name and badge number. He did not know that information.
After getting off the phone he went back to Officer Overcash and asked him if he could please give him his badge number and name. That is where the video is recorded. You can see my client approach calmly and request his badge and name. Without hesitation Officer Overcash immediately puts my client in cuffs, and ultimately charges him with resisting without violence and disorderly intoxication. My client was not intoxicated whatsoever. He is a licensed recovery agent and possesses all of the proper State licenses.
If these facts are proven, it constitute an extremely serious abuse of power and should raise serious questions as to the ability of this officer to continue on the force.