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What Really Happened Between Ron Clouse and a Ft. Lauderdale Cop Accused of Beating Him Unconscious?

Forty-three-year-old Ron Clouse, “a former commodities broker who lives in Boca Raton,” says he has a good reason for his erratic motorcycle driving behavior in December: His green Yamaha was acting funny, and he was trying to figure out what was wrong with it by accelerating quickly and then braking. The Ft. Lauderdale cop, T.M. O’Neil, who tried pulling him over because of the suspicious driving — and then claims he gave up following Clouse, only to find him again when a citizen happened to ask O’Neil if he was looking for the guy on the green Yamaha — now stands accused of pushing/punching Clouse to the ground, calling him a faggot, and beating him unconscious. Clouse says he’s required two surgeries. The cops say he’s guilty of “felony fleeing from a LEO, driving with a suspended license, and resisting arrest without violence.” The disparities in what happened make it as if Clouse and O’Neil took part in completely separate incidents. [New Times]