MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The former police officer accused of punching a Fort Lauderdale valet in a fight over a parking fee was in court on Wednesday.READ MORE: Miami GP To Join F1 Calendar From 2022 In 10-Year Deal
Surveillance video shows John Kiernan sucker punching Rodolfo Rodriguez outside the Ocean Sky Hotel and Result last year.
In the court appearance, Rodriguez said he did nothing to provoke the attack.
He says things turned violent when Kiernan wouldn’t pay an $18 parking fee.READ MORE: Hollywood PD Investigating After Body Found In Burning Car
But Kiernan told the judge and jury he felt threatened and acted in self-defense.
Kiernan is charged with misdemeanor battery.
He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 12 months probation.MORE NEWS: FEMA-Funded Vaccine Sites To Resume Administering First Doses Of Pfizer Vaccine With J&J Shot Paused