Deputy Charged In Bar Fight

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. - A Broward County Sheriff's deputy is out on bond after being arrested in connection with a bar fight.

Deputy Lazaro Mesa is accused of hitting, kicking and punching a patron at JB's On The Beach at 300 N. Ocean Blvd. in Deerfield Beach on Oct. 30. A police report indicated that Mesa, who was in uniform working an off-duty detail, responded to a fight that was reported in the bar. But BSO said the rest of the report included lies about what had happened. BSO said that Mesa reported that he overpowered Anthony Monaco, and he put his foot on the Monaco's back to hold him down. Mesa reported that Monaco suffered minor bruises to the face and a laceration to the lip and was taken to North Broward Hospital.

Witnesses at the bar said that Mesa stomped on Monaco's head twice while trying to restrain him. In a mug shot taken when Monaco was arrested, a footprint is clearly visible on his forehead. A police report says the patron then became unconscious and bled from his head.

The arrest affidavit said: "Nowhere in Deputy Mesa's report is it indicated that Mesa stepped or stomped on Monaco's face during the incident, nor does it indicate that Monaco was rendered unconscious."

The 22-year-old deputy is charged with aggravated battery and four counts of official misconduct.

He was released on $10,000 bond.

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