Report: Drunken officer punched guard while holding baby

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Fort Lauderdale police officer is facing the possibility of suspension after officials say he was intoxicated and started a fight with a hotel security guard while holding his infant child last year.

Citing an internal police investigation The SunSentinel reported Monday that Officer David Knapp was off duty and “extremely intoxicated” when he wound up in a restricted portion of the Ritz-Carlton hotel’s parking garage with his infant child in October. Investigators say Knapp refused to answer security guard Fernando Ramirez’s questions and then struck him twice in the face while still holding the child.

Investigators say Knapp is facing a 20-day suspension without pay for actions unbecoming a police officer.

Ramirez declined to press charges against Knapp.

Knapp told investigators he had no recollection of the incident.

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