Michael Walters emceed a Halloween costume contest in the parking lot of the Alibi bar during the 2012 Wicked Manors street party. He was dressed up as Dame Edna. I was dressed up as a KKK member with a 5 foot cross and a lit tiki torch telling people to vote for Romney five days before the election. I was making fun of bigots. Mr Walters was offended by my costume and took hold of the top of my tiki torch and blew it out. He was on the two foot high stage and stepped onto the ground to try and punch and kick me. He fell down after losing his balance while wearing high heels. Security guards restrained him and he was fired that evening from his weekly drag show at the Alibi.
Mr Walters went to the Wilton Manors police station four hours after the incident stating to Officer Rohr he was pulled off the stage and his knee was hurting. He didn’t say anything about a tiki torch. The next day he went back to the same police station and told Officer Loughran a lit tiki torch was thrust at him several times both when he was on stage and also on the ground and he was in fear for his life which made this a third degree felony charge. Officer Loughran had worked for the WMPD for less than a year and became officer of the third quarter of 2012 for making a record number of arrests. Kent Strunk who sells flowers to Mr Walters for his show came forward as the only witness (out of a crowd of 1000) to support his false claim. Mr Walters told a newspaper he went to the emergency room the day after the incident but admitted that was a lie during his deposition.
Detective Frank Pilewski of the WMPD who drinks at the same bar I go to worked on this case. He has previously demonstrated his does not like me. Commander Blocker of the WMPD told me Frank said he tried to talk to me about the incident but I refused to say anything. This is not true. A few weeks after the incident a retired cop named Paula Tyer (who doesn’t drink) contacted the WMPD and Detective Pilewski took her recorded statement saying Boyd was the one who was attacked – not the other way around. This statement was “misplaced” by the Broward County State’s Attorney’s Office for over a year. I never would have known the statement existed if a city commissioner named Julie Carson hadn’t told me about it four months after knowing about this statement. There is also a similar written report from an Alibi security guard who witnessed the incident and also said I was attacked by Mr Walters. Yet I was still headed for a jury trial. I had refused several times to accept a misdemeanor assault plea.
Detective Frank Pilewski should have interviewed the security guards mentioned by the victim, the subject (me) and the victim’s witness before arresting me on felony charges. But he didn’t. I had to fire four lawyers before I found one that would subpoena the owner of the Alibi to get the names of the security guards working that night so I could depose one of them under oath.
During my September 5, 2014 court hearing my lawyer, the lawyer working for the state’s attorney’s office and the judge had a side bar discussion. My lawyer told me the state’s attorney’s lawyer told the judge she refuses to go to a trial with this case on ethical grounds. Her ethical stance has changed since the police have found a new witness two years after the incident.
November 2014 – New “witness” found! Alvin Cyr who works for Kalis-McIntee Funeral Home was interviewed by Detective Pilewski 2 years after the incident. He says I was waving a lit tiki torch “um, in a, it was pretty much in a hostile manner”. See his full statement below.
December 5 2014 Another new (false) “witness” found!!! Doug Blevins who unsuccessfully ran against me for mayor of Wilton Manors in 2014 made a statement filed with the state’s attorney’s office saying I “poked/jabbed other patrons in a manner similarly situated to that of what was done to the victim on that same night.”
CHARGES DROPPED BY THE STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE – 12/8/14 minutes before jury selection for a felony trial!
New video of the incident surfaced which made the State’s Attorney’s office drop the charges against me. The drag queen and witnesses were caught lying. Click on the link below to watch Michael Walters jump down off the stage and attack me at the 7 minute 50 second mark:
The WMPD and the Broward County State Attorney Office refuse to pursue perjury charges against Michael Walters even though the video shows he lied during his sworn deposition.
This ordeal cost me over $20k in legal fees.
May 15, 2015 Officer Loughran gave me 2 tickets for going through a red light and driving on the wrong side of the road WHILE I WAS ON MY BICYCLE! I was in the bike lane going the wrong direction!!! These tickets were written up exactly as if I were driving a car and cost $475 and are worth 6 points (out of 12) on my drivers license. After handing me the tickets Officer Loughran “forgot” to give me back my drivers license. I had to ask for it back and he pulled it out of his pocket and gave it to me!
IMG_1335 Video of Officer Loughran pulling my drivers license out of his pocket.
October 6, 2015 Michael Walters files “violent stalking” charges I had to pay a lawyer to attend an October 13, 2015 hearing to face more false accusations of violence from Michael Walters.
Detective Frank Pilewski
Click on the links below to read police reports, witness statements and sworn depositions pertaining to my arrest.
Double click on this photo to read about record setting arrests.
7. Costello’s lawyer letter – See how Chief O’Connell operates.
Letter to Assistant City Manager 4/2/15