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DEA Agents' Claims About Bar Fight Contradicted By Surveillance Video

| by Michael Allen

Gregory Bradley and Steven Jenrette are accused of starting a confrontation with some off-duty DEA agents, which ended in an assault outside Bokamper's Sports Bar and Grill in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on March 5.

The police arrest warrant claimed that Bradley and Jenrette "started a confrontation" by "inexplicably" shouting at the agents who were leaving the restaurant at 10:30 p.m., reported the Sun Sentinel.

There was also a police officer who was with agents, but it's not clear what part, if any, he played in the incident.

Local 10 noted that the police report claimed that Jenrette and Bradley wouldn't allow the agents to get into their automobiles.

However, NBC Miami now reports that a surveillance video (below) from the restaurant apparently shows just the opposite.

The video shows the agents walking out of the restaurant in pursuit of Jenrette and Bradley.

Video from a second surveillance camera shows an agent approaching Jenrette until their chests touch; Jenrette pushes the agent away.

Jenrette and Bradley walk away from the agents in the parking lot, but the agents were caught on video walking after the two men again.

The rest of the incident, however, was not recorded.

According to 10 News, "Authorities said Jenrette distracted the agents while Bradley picked up a football-sized concrete block and hit one of the agents in the head, knocking him unconscious."

However, a restaurant employee claimed no rock was thrown. Jenrette maintained that Bradley held a rock in self defense, but it was too big to throw.

Police called the attack an "ambush," but Jenrette's attorney Ed Hoeg told NBC Miami the video shows "that the DEA are the aggressors, that they're pursuing the two guys who ended up getting charged."

A police officer noted in his report that witnesses were around 40 feet away, which meant, according to the officer, that they could not have seen exactly what occurred.

The Sun-Sentinel reported, "Jenrette is charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a weapon. Bradley is charged with aggravated battery with a weapon and battery on an officer."

Jenrette claims one of the agents was drunk and called him the N-word in the restaurant.

Sources: NBC Miami, Local 10, Sun Sentinel
Image Credit: NBC Miami Screenshot

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