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Fort Lauderdale Police released body-cam footage of Brad Parscale, the ex-campaign manager for President Donald Trump being taken down and handcuffed after police were called to his home Sunday.
Parscale, 44, was transported to a local hospital under the Baker Act, a Florida law that allows anyone deemed to be a threat to themselves or others to be detained for 72 hours for psychiatric evaluation. The video footage contradicts earlier reporting, suggesting a domestic dispute of some sort with his wife.
Initial reporting stated that Parscale was involved in a tense stand-off with police on Sunday after his wife called the police and said she was worried about his well being. He reportedly barricaded himself in his home armed with a gun and was threatening to harm himself.
However, the footage shows a Parscale sitting outside his home wearing nothing but a pair of shorts and a baseball cap when an officer appeared in the driveway behind the home. Standing up, Parscale calmly walked out to engage with the cop.
“Listen, I’m not trying to kill myself. She’s lying,” he is heard telling the officer.
When asked what was going on, a compliant Parscale replied, “So, she started saying all this sh*t –”
That’s as far as he got when other officers show up, with one telling Parscale to get on the ground several times as he approached. Remaining calm, Parscale stood there with his arms to his side, only to be tackled to the ground by the officer as others move in to handcuff him.
“Jesus!” Parscale cried out, as he was slammed to the ground. “I didn’t do anything!”
Earlier footage showed his wife, Candice Parscale, who was wrapped in a bath towel and has apparently fled the house, talking to police, telling them Parscale was “acting crazy.”
She had called police, and the Miami Herald reported that she told the dispatcher, “I was standing in the backyard. He’s under a lot of stress right now. He’s just pissed at the world so he like walked out, cocked the handgun and was just ranting and raving about something. I don’t know what.”
Mrs. Parscale told the officers on the scene he had come out of his office, cocked a gun and went back in.
“I was like, ‘Ok, this is f*cked up,'” she said. “I saw him look out the window. Then I heard a loud boom.”
The cop got Parscale on the phone while standing with Mrs. Parscale, who can be seen expressing relief that he was okay. After checking on him, the officer asked Parscale to walk out with no weapons.
The officer is later heard radioing in that Parscale was coming out on his own, as his wife tells other officers that there are “four or five” guns in the house.
The police report said Parscale’s wife told them he had post-traumatic stress disorder and had become violent in recent weeks, according to the Herald.
Detective Steven Smith said in the report that he saw bruises on her arms and face, which she said was from an argument “a few days” prior — Mrs. Parscale told them he had not hit her on Sunday, but had smacked her phone out of her hand when she tried to call his father.
“While speaking with Candace Parscale I noticed several large-sized contusions on both of her arms, her cheek and forehead,” the detective wrote, according to the Herald. “When I asked how she received the bruising, Candace Parscale stated Brad Parscale hits her.”
Smith also said that alcohol appeared to be a factor.
“Brad Parscale was very agitated with the situation, and I could smell a strong odor from his breath and body that I recognized to possibly be from alcoholic beverages,” he wrote.
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