Alexander Coelho is speaking out for the first time about the charges dropped against him in a Fort Lauderdale bar brawl. NBC 6's Willard Shepard has the story.
One of the men seen outside a Fort Lauderdale Beach bar in a brawl video that went viral says that having the charges against him being dropped will allow him to continue pursuing his dream of becoming a firefighter and paramedic.
The cell phone video showing the trouble outside Dirty Blondes Sports Bar on July 28 exploded online. The video of the violence went viral and now one of bar's customers, Alexander Coelho, who was initially arrested, is speaking out about the charges being dropped against him.
He said the police report about him wasn't accurate.
"What happened on the statement and everything was definitely not what happened in real life and thank God they switched it over and dropped everything,” Coelho said.
Coelho said being arrested delayed his efforts to find a job with a South Florida fire-rescue department.
"A little depressed to be honest with you. I am trying to be a paramedic firefighter — schooling is all done – I am just trying to get hired and with this felony on my back literally dreams were smashed," he said.
In the video, one bouncer can be seen grabbing Parker around the neck – with another kicking at Coelho while he is on the ground.
Police recently arrested one of the bouncers, Arnold Thomas-Darrah, for aggravated battery.
The other bouncer, Jovan Ralfhel Dean, was charged with misdemeanor battery.
Coelho is planning to sue Dirty Blondes.
"It’s crazy to me to think back what happened to me could happen to anybody,” he said.
Coelho's attorney said establishments such as Dirty Blondes are legally obligated to provide adequate security.
"Certainly to make sure that personnel that they have employed in their establishments as security have adequate backgrounds, training, and supervision so as not to have any incidents unfold where as security guard uses excessive force," Christopher Mijares said.
One of the bouncers who was charged, Thomas-Darrah, is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
Dirty Blondes’ owner and manager did not respond to NBC 6’s request for comment.
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