Crazy Video Cop Breaks Up Spring Break Brawl, Body Slams Drunk Beachgoer
A brave Florida deputy single-handedly took down two drunk revelers during a massive spring break brawl.
Pinellas County sheriff's deputy Sgt. Bryan Bingham was working an off-duty detail nearby on St. Pete Beach last weekend when he was called to a huge fight between 10 to 15 people, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
The now-viral video shows Bingham grab an intoxicated 25-year-old Josh McMahan by the neck and slam him to the sand.
While Bingham was cuffing McMahan, the man's friend, Justin Lewis, tried to intervene, but the deputy pushed him away.
Bingham then grabs the Lewis around the throat and also pins him to the ground, while also keeping McMahan subdued.
The video ends before other deputies arrive to help out.
Both men face charges of felony battery on a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
The sheriff said Bingham's use of force was within department guidelines and it will not be investigated further.
UPDATE: On "Fox and Friends" Monday morning, Bingham told Brian Kilmeade that the public support he's received has been amazing and overwhelming.
"I put the first subject in cuffs and then I held the second subject down until my backup arrived, and they put him in handcuffs and escorted him out," Bingham explained.
The video shows the second man tapping out as Bingham holds him.
Bingham revealed that seconds before the tap-out, however, the man was trying to reach for his service weapon with that hand.
"I was just trying to put him under control and basically just keep everyone calm and refrain him from moving at all."
Bingham said he was flagged down by numerous people who told him about the huge fight. He said when he arrived, he tried to first identify the "primary aggressor" and de-escalate the situation.
He explained that what the video doesn't show is McMahan taking a swing at him and spitting in his face before the takedown.
Watch the viral video below.
(Warning: the footage contains profanity.)
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