Man seen be­ing kicked by cop says he’s bipo­lar, off med­i­ca­tion

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - Local - By Doug Phillips and Linda Trischitta South Florida Sun Sen­tinel [email protected]­tinel. com, 954-356-4233 or Twit­ter @Lin­daTrischitta

Cell­phone footage of a Coral Springs po­lice of­fi­cer ap­par­ently kick­ing a hand­cuffed man has led to crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions and four of­fi­cers be­ing put on leave.

Gabriel Nar­cisse-Beck­ford, 28, who was ac­cused of steal­ing candy, told of­fi­cers af­ter his ar­rest that he was di­ag­nosed with bipo­lar dis­or­der and schizophre­nia but had not been tak­ing his med­i­ca­tions, a po­lice re­port said.

Dur­ing a late af­ter­noon press con­fer­ence Thurs­day, Of­fi­cer Chris Swin­son said the Broward state at­tor­ney’s of­fice and the po­lice depart­ment are both in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent. The po­lice depart­ment is also con­duct­ing an in­ter­nal af­fairs probe.

On Fri­day af­ter­noon, the num­ber of of­fi­cers be­ing in­ves­ti­gated was cut in half. Of­fi­cer David An­der­son and Of­fi­cer Michael Sny­der were no longer on leave and were no longer “be­ing con­sid­ered for crim­i­nal charges” by their depart­ment or pros­e­cu­tors, Swin­son said.

As the po­lice depart­ment grap­pled with the fall­out of the video and was try­ing to un­der­stand what hap­pened dur­ing Nar­cis­seBeck­ford’s ar­rest, Swin­son said Thurs­day, “Chief [Clyde] Parry said yesterday he was con­cerned about what he viewed. I think we’re go­ing to be com­pletely trans­par­ent on ex­actly what we find. But it would be in­ac­cu­rate for us to make state­ments when we haven’t thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gated.”

Clerks at the 7-24 Sun Mart Store at 7811 W. Sam­ple Road told po­lice on Tues­day night that Nar­cisse-Beck­ford stole two But­terfin­ger candy bars and a bot­tle of Canada Dry ginger ale worth $4.21.

Po­lice re­ports de­scribed a violent en­counter be­tween Nar­cisse-Beck­ford and sev­eral of­fi­cers.

At about 10:13 p.m., De­tec­tive An­abely Es­carpita drove to the store and found Nar­cisse-Beck­ford walk­ing through a park­ing lot. He ig­nored two com­mands from her to stop and walked into Sam­ple Road traf­fic, first in front of a po­lice car driven by Of­fi­cer David An­der­son and then in front of a sec­ond car.

Both drivers avoided him.

When Es­carpita tried to grab Nar­cisse-Beck­ford, she wrote in her re­port that he got in a fight­ing stance. An­der­son hit Nar­cis­seBeck­ford with a closed fist.

Es­carpita and An­der­son and Nar­cisse-Beck­ford all ended up on the asphalt in traf­fic lanes on Sam­ple Road, with Es­carpita trapped be­neath the men.

Es­carpita felt Nar­cis­seBeck­ford try to re­move her gun from the hol­ster, while she pushed it down to pre­vent him from tak­ing it, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

She was able to use her legs to push Nar­cisse-Beck­ford — who jail records say is 6 feet tall and weighs 350 pounds — off her.

An­der­son used a stun gun on Nar­cisse-Beck­ford, who fell to the ground and was hand­cuffed by Es­carpita and Of­fi­cer Michael Sny­der.

At that point Nar­cis­seBeck­ford yelled, “All this for a soda?” and “Why didn’t you just shoot me? I tried to get her gun! Don’t you guys just kill peo­ple?” the re­port said.

While cuffed and sit­ting on the curb, Nar­cis­seBeck­ford was ag­i­tated, and, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, said, “I tried to get her gun. I wanted to shoot my­self.”

De­tec­tive Sandy Gomez thought Nar­cisse-Beck­ford was try­ing to stand up, and kicked him in his right shoul­der and neck area, ac­cord­ing to Gomez’s po­lice re­port.

One of the peo­ple who recorded cell­phone video of the in­ci­dent told WSVNCh. 7, “I could not be­lieve that this was ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing right in front of me.”

Three peo­ple re­quired med­i­cal care: Nar­cis­seBeck­ford was taken to Broward Health Coral Springs to be ex­am­ined af­ter the stun gun ex­po­sure. Es­carpita’s right hand was cut and her left el­bow was swollen and bruised. An­der­son had a swollen right wrist, re­ports said.

Dur­ing a court ap­pear­ance Wed­nes­day, Nar­cis­seBeck­ford, who lives in Coral Springs, told Judge Kim Theresa Mol­lica he works from home and does not own a car.

He is fac­ing charges of petit theft, first of­fense; bat­tery on an of­fi­cer; re­sist­ing an of­fi­cer with­out vi­o­lence; re­sist­ing an of­fi­cer with vi­o­lence and ob­struct­ing an of­fi­cer’s means of pro­tect­ing her­self.

Mol­lica set bonds to­tal­ing $2,000 and told Nar­cisse-Beck­ford he is not al­lowed to re­turn to the 7-24 Sun Mart.

He was still in jail Fri­day when a “sec­ond look” hear­ing to re­view his bonds was held. Mol­lica or­dered Nar­cisse-Beck­ford re­leased with­out bond, but she re­quired him to take his med­i­ca­tions as they are pre­scribed. He must also check in with pre­trial su­per­vi­sion per­son­nel four times per week by phone and also re­port to them in per­son, once per month.

Swin­son, the po­lice depart­ment spokesman, said a sec­ond video has sur­faced of the in­ci­dent and that the po­lice chief wants to take time to see what other ev­i­dence is gath­ered.

“Is there any­thing miss­ing?” Swin­son said. “Are there dif­fer­ent cam­eras?”

Though only one of­fi­cer ap­pears in one of the videos to have kicked Nar­cis­seBeck­ford, Swin­son said four of­fi­cers were put on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave be­cause they all were in­volved in the in­ci­dent and know what went on. As of Fri­day af­ter­noon, just the two de­tec­tives, Es­carpita and Gomez, were still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, Swin­son said.

He could not say how long the mul­ti­ple in­ves­ti­ga­tions may take.

He asked any­one who may have wit­nessed the ar­rest to call 954-344-1800 and ask for the [Coral Springs Po­lice] Of­fice of Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards.

“The more in­for­ma­tion we get, the more ac­cu­rately they can con­duct their in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Swin­son said. an­gles of


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