NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Louisiana State Police are reviewing Bourbon Street arrest video that has gone viral with nearly half a million views and thousands of shares.
It was captured early Saturday morning. State Police said the trooper in the video had just finished his shift when he was asked to step in to a bar because a man who troopers identify as Michael Hoffman, of Illinois, refused to leave.
"The trooper came in, asked this gentleman to leave who was also accompanied by his brother. The trooper on multiple occasions asked Mr. Hoffman, who we later identified, asked Mr. Hoffman to leave multiple times. He was just trying to get him to go up the street to go back to his hotel. His brother was with him," said Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Trooper Melissa Matey. "Once the trooper decided to, he was going to make an arrest on Mr. Hoffman, that's when his brother was pushed out of the way in order for the trooper to gain compliance of Mr. Hoffman."
Thousands commented on the video that was posted to Facebook. One person said: "Nope! No excessive force at all. He should've complied." Another person writes: "I don't care what anyone on this thread says, the cop went to far. As usual!"
Rafael Goyeneche with the Metropolitan Crime Commission doesn't see it that way.
"I don't think that the officer used unreasonable force in this. He tried to resolve the matter peacefully, encouraging the people to leave, and they didn't comply, so, he made the decision to make the arrest," Goyeneche said.
State Police said Hoffman was issued a municipal summons for public intoxication, criminal trespass, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest. His brother wasn't charged.
Louisiana State Police said supervisors and academy staff are reviewing the video. As for Hoffman, he was taken to the emergency room to get checked out. We're told he had a small cut on his hip but was treated and released.