BRIEF: Former Fort Lauderdale cop pleads no contest to battery
Feb 14, 2013 (Sun Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A former Fort Lauderdale police officer pleaded no contest to battery Wednesday, ending a case that started with a fight at a 7-Eleven in 2009.
Jason Hersh, 37, was sentenced to one year of administrative probation and cannot seek another job in law enforcement. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped two counts of falsifying a police report, a misdemeanor.
A surveillance video showed Hersh in a verbal exchange with customer Lee Ferrell. Hersh is seen grabbing Ferrell by the arms and head and leading him outside the store. When other customers followed, Hersh, who was off-duty and not in uniform, took out his gun and told them to get back inside.
The video contradicted his report, which blamed the incident on Ferrell.
Hersh now works for a private contractor providing aid to Haiti, said his lawyer, Michael Dutko.
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