By Kevin Deutsch
Jail personnel in Broward County took a disturbing booking photograph of a man arrested on traffic charges in Margate last week, physically holding his face in place. At the same time, he appeared to be yelling out while struggling.
Danniel El Dey, 43, of Port St. Lucie, was brought to the Broward Main Jail Nov. 28 on misdemeanor charges of driving with a suspended license, failure to register his vehicle, presenting invalid insurance, and resisting an officer without violence—a result of his allegedly locking himself in his car during a traffic stop, according to court records.
His booking photograph shows El Dey wearing a jail uniform, his mouth open as if yelling, while one Broward Sheriff’s Office member holds his forehead in place with a gloved hand, and another member’s gloved hand holds his neck and chin in place for the picture.
Coral Springs Talk asked BSO for information about what occurred during the booking process that led to Mr. El Dey’s face being forcefully held in place, as well as whether BSO jail policy requires a booking photo to be taken in all cases.
In response, BSO provided its jail admissions policy. The document states that “All persons booked/processed into [Broward jails] are fingerprinted and photographed.” It does not mention the use of physical restraint during the process.
A Margate Police Department officer pulled El Dey over shortly before 11 p.m. on Nov. 27 after spotting his invalid vehicle tag in the 500 block of Rock Island Road, police said in an arrest affidavit. A further check revealed El Dey’s 2015 Toyota was unregistered, the vehicle’s last registration having expired in 2018, police said.
According to the affidavit, El Dey refused to hand the officer any identifying documents or answer any of his questions.
“There was no way to identify the defendant,” the arresting officer wrote. “At this time, the defendant was placed under arrest and refused to exit the vehicle. The defendant would not roll down the windows and unlock the doors. The defendant was obstructing me from performing my legal duties and failed to comply with any and all commands to step out of the vehicle. The defendant was then extracted from the vehicle and placed into custody.”
The officer did not say how the police removed El Dey from his vehicle.
Police searched the car and found El Dey’s identification, then ran further checks showing he had a suspended driver’s license, police said. The checks also revealed El Dey had an active warrant out of St. Lucie County for failing to register a motor vehicle and driving without a valid license, according to the affidavit.
Port. St. Lucie County wanted to extradite El Day, but first, he was taken to the Broward Main Jail for booking, police said. Records show that he was initially held there on a $10,000 bond for the Port St. Lucie County warrant.
It was not immediately clear where El Dey was being held as of Thursday. The Broward County Clerk of the Court website did not list any attorney information for him.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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