Two Broward County Sheriff’s deputies are currently on a paid vacation while they face criminal charges after brutally assaulting 50-year-old David Gonzales last February.
As we previously reported, the incident was caught on surveillance video at a gas station in Deerfield Beach. Officers Justin Lambert and Mike Manresa approached Gonzalez in front of the store, accusing him of shoplifting. The officers initially claimed Gonzalez “raised his hand” at them, but the video shows otherwise.
Officer Lambert was the first to hit Gonzalez, who fell against the gas station wall, immediately putting his hands out to be cuffed, but was instead grabbed by the back of the neck by Lambert. Both officers then lifted Gonzalez and slammed him face-first into the concrete, splitting his face open, breaking his left orbital bone, and immediately rendering him unconscious.
Gonzalez told Local 10 News
“I’ve never been treated like that in my whole life. That’s not a way you treat a human being.”
Both officers are charged with falsifying reports to make it look like Gonzalez provoked them; Lambert faces misdemeanor battery. Both officers are currently being paid, despite the fact that this is not Lambert’s first brutality offense.