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Ex-Cop Knocked Out Valet, Police Haven't Charged Him (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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A man knocked a valet unconscious over an $18 parking fee in front of a hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on July 25 (video below).

Rodolfo Rodriguez, the hotel valet, told WFOR: "He upset, upset with the price of the parking lot. He said, 'I gonna fight you.'"

The puncher was identified by the New York Post as John Kiernan, who did not respond to requests for comment from the newspaper.

After Rodriguez was knocked out, Kiernan got on top of him and several people came running out of the hotel.

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"Knocked out," Rodriguez recalled to WFOR. "I was five minutes on the ground and I don't remember after that."

The hotel's night manager, Mark Dyer, was upset that it took 15 minutes for the paramedics to arrive.

"Could you imagine what could have happened to this guy?" Dyer recalled. "He could have had a brain hemorrhage."

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Dyer told the news station that he saw Kiernan punch Rodriguez.

According to Dyer, Kiernan's wife was inside the hotel voicing her displeasure about the $18 parking fee at the time.

"Nobody should be attacked like that," Dyer insisted. "Nobody should have to go through the pain and suffering that Rodolfo's going through. It's a savage attack."

Dyer said Kiernan identified himself to Dyer as an ex-police officer and former DEA agent.

"He was very arrogant," Dyer added. "'Oh, I have an $80,000 vehicle, why should I have to pay for parking?' I'm like, 'You just punched somebody. You just assaulted somebody and you want to talk about an $80,000 vehicle?' I said, 'What a scumbag.'"

Dyer and other people are shocked that Kiernan was not arrested despite Dyer's eyewitness account.

"He needs to go to jail," Dyer stated. "And for me, I think he poses a threat to the community."

Cpt. Frank Sousa, a spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, told the news station that the hotel wasn't able to show them the video and so they could not see how serious it was.

According to Sousa, detectives are planning to speak with Rodriguez.

The hotel's front office manager, Nigel Blair, told the New York Post that in his 30 years of hotel experience he has seen people arrested for far less than knocking others out.

"I have seen them arrest people for just touching someone," Blair stated.

Police Detective Tracy Figone insisted that Kiernan's past as a cop did not play a factor: "The officer had no knowledge of what his past or present job was. It had absolutely nothing to do with this investigation."

The police report noted that Kiernan told Officer John Czech that Rodriguez said: "You're just looking to fight."

Czech noted that "Kiernan said his life experience taught him this was an aggressive statement and he chose to hit the guy first," even though no weapons were present.

Kiernan confessed to WTVJ that he knocked out Rodriguez based on his feelings and former job as a cop: "Based on everything I have dealt with in my life, and based on his body language, the way he spoke to me, I did feel he was going to go to physical contact. I didn't know if the guy had a weapon on him. So as soon as he said that I struck him one time and he went down."

"He punched my face and I don't remember nothing," Rodriguez stated. "He punched me for no reason."

Sources: WFOR, New York Post, WTVJ / Photo credit: BY-YOUR/Flickr, Tadson Bussey/Flickr, Eugene Peretz/Flickr

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