DEERFIELD BEACH (CBSMiami) – Cell phone video showed a chaotic scene last Saturday night in Deerfield Beach when BSO responded to a noise complaint at a party in a warehouse at 805 SE 1st Way.
There were a couple hundred people there, many FAU students. Felix Regis was arrested that night. âI had 20 stitches and 5 staples here,â said Regis as he pointed out scrapes, scabs and stitches. âAnd then I have road rash all over my body,â he continued. He said he got banged up as he was cuffed by BSO.READ MORE: Broward Schools Receive $420,957 Grant To Help Offset State COVID Penalties
Byron Knight was there. âOfficers had him by his arms and his neck like this while the other four officers were kneeing him and punching him repeatedly in his face and in his stomach,â said Knight.
Thatâs when Regis said others at the party tried to stop it. âThey were just hitting me in the crowd and people in crowd were yelling and hitting them in hopes to stop them from beating me,â he said.
Kelvin Edmond was arrested too. He said deputies were aggressive, trying to get people to leave â pushing them toward a small door in the front of the warehouse, instead of letting them go out the back. âSince there was only one small door,â Edmond said, âeverybody couldn’t fit through the front door, so I guess the officers were getting mad that everybody was taking long time to leave, so that’s when they started rushing, they started running, like walking fast running and telling people to get the fu** out of here and shut the fu** up.âREAD MORE: Captured! Patrick McDowell, Man Wanted For Killing Florida Deputy Now In Custody
BSO said deputies used constraint. âI think that our deputies used extreme restraint and that they were confronted with nearly 200 folks, seven of our deputies were transported to the hospital to seek medical clearance, whereas only one individual of the six arrested received treatment for sustained injury,â said BSO Lt. Eddit Rosende.
BSO said this all happened because they didnât get cooperation when they arrived and that the DJ tried to incite the crowd. âOnce our folks were trying to gain control of the situation,â Rosende said, âthe party goers retreated back inside the warehouse and they slammed the garage door down, the DJ began saying âfâ the police, âfâ the police, âfâ the police. So clearly this gentleman was trying to incite a response from the crowd.â
According to the party organizer, the garage door was never purposely closed and he repeated said âthe partyâs over.â He claims he never said anything disparaging toward police.
As it stands right now, several of the people who were at the party have hired attorneys and are calling for an investigation of BSO.MORE NEWS: 50 Years Later, These Disney Employees Still At 'Happiest Place On Earth'
Meanwhile, BSO said they’re looking to see if they can identify other people who were involved with the trouble. If they find anyone, they said they’ll arrest them.