Surveillance Video Released of Homestead Sergeant Facing 3 Charges

The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office released video of Sgt. Jeffrey Rome, 56

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    Prosecutors released surveillance video Friday of Sgt. Jeffrey Rome, one of the three Homestead Police officers arrested on misconduct charges recently in connection with assaults outside a bar. (Published Saturday, Aug 4, 2012)

    Prosecutors released surveillance video of one of the three Homestead Police officers
    arrested on misconduct charges recently
    in connection with assaults outside a bar.

    Sgt. Jeffrey Rome, 56, of Homestead pleaded not guilty this week to felony charges of abuse of an elderly adult and false imprisonment for the incident outside Celio’s Latin Quarter Bar, according to The Miami Herald.

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    Three Homestead Police officers bonded out of jail Monday night after being charged in connection with two 2011 assaults outside a Homestead bar, according to court records. Officer Giovanni Soto, 40, faces charges of felony battery and official misconduct of a public servant, and Sgt. Lizanne Deegan, 44, faces a charge of official misconduct of a public servant in connection with a beating on Feb. 6, 2011, according to their arrest warrant. Sgt. Jeffrey Rome, 56, of Homestead, who was implicated in the first incident, faces a charge of battery after he pepper-sprayed a 24-year-old Hispanic man outside the same establishment, Celio s Latin Quarter Bar, on April 17, 2011, his arrest warrant said. (Published Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012)

    The surveillance video, which the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office released late Friday afternoon, shows an officer whom authorities said is Rome walking across the street and approaching a man who immediately falls to the ground.

    The video then shows the sergeant dragging the man behind a car and leaving him on the ground. Rome also appears to pour liquid on the man in the surveillance video.

    Rome’s attorney, C. Michael Cornely, declined to comment because he hadn’t seen that video or another one that allegedly shows Rome pepper-spraying a man outside the same bar in another incident, the Herald reported.

    Police previously said Rome faced a misdemeanor battery charge for pepper-spraying the 24-year-old victim outside Celio’s on April 17, 2011.

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