A Broward sheriff’s deputy is being accused of punching a handcuffed homeless man while he sat in the back of a patrol car.
Deputy Mathew Eisenberg, 39, was charged with battery, official misconduct and falsifying official reports. He surrendered himself to authorities at Broward’s main jail on Tuesday.
The incident happened last November near North State Road 7 and West Commercial Boulevard.
In his report, Eisenberg said he saw James Rhodes panhandling in the intersection and took him into custody. According to Eisenberg’s report, Rhodes tried to break free and when forced to the ground, Rhodes sustained a cut on his lip.
But an internal investigation found that Eisenberg and Rhodes exchanged words in the back of the patrol car and then Eisenberg leaned into the car and punch the handcuffed man in the face, splitting his lip.
Eisenberg’s attorney said his client is not guilty and plans to fight the charges.