Video shows I.C.E. officer beating tow truck drivers



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Police said cameras were rolling as a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer helped his son brutally attack tow truck drivers in Orange County.

The incident was caught on several surveillance cameras, which even show the suspect, Pablo Morales, pulling out a handgun, authorities said.

According to the report, Morales, his son, Diego Morales, and a friend showed up at the tow yard Saturday night after Morales' son's car was towed from downtown Orlando.

The 15-minute video shows Pablo Morales punch one of the tow truck drivers, and then everyone jumps into the action.

At one point, Morales can also be seen reaching into his bag and pulling out a 9 mm handgun, waving it from side to side.

But according to the police report, Morales said he took his firearm out for protection.

However, after waving his gun, video shows Morales walk toward his son, who is punching one of the victims on the ground, and he joins in while his son kicks the man, authorities said.

"(The) state is certainly going to argue, look, you went over and joined your son in beating a person who is already on the ground," said WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer. "That may go a long way in defeating his claim of self-defense."

The victim told Channel 9's Racquel Asa that at one point, Morales showed his federal badge and even identified himself as a federal agent.

ICE told Channel 9 Morales's firearm was secured after the incident, and the department is investigating. The Department of Homeland Security is also investigating.

Morales is now facing aggravated battery and assault with a firearm charges.