Crazy Video Trooper's Body Slam of Drunk Man in New Orleans Deemed Appropriate
A state police official in Louisiana said that a trooper did not act inappropriately when he body-slammed a drunk man to the ground on New Orleans' Bourbon Street.
The cell phone video quickly went viral last weekend, sparking criticism of the officer for appearing to use excessive force against the intoxicated Illinois man.
Col. Mike Edmonson, head of the Louisiana State Police, voiced complete support for the trooper, who was off-duty when a bar employee flagged him down at 4am local time Saturday and complained about a drunk man who was refusing to leave.
Witnesses said that 39-year-old Michael Hoffman was in an argument with bartenders over his debit card when the officer arrived. Critics accused the officer of escalating the situation prematurely, pushing Hoffman's brother to the ground before body-slamming Hoffman in the doorway of a neighboring eatery.
Edmonson said there will not be an internal investigation.
"It’s easy to take a tape and pick it apart, but my troopers are dealing with a lot of people who are intoxicated and a lot of unknowns,” Edmonson told The Advocate. “Unless you’re in the heat of the moment, you don’t know what’s going on. You don’t know who these individuals are, where they’ve been and what they’re doing."
Hoffman was issued a summons for resisting arrest, public intoxication, criminal trespassing and disturbing the peace. An attorney said Hoffman suffered injuries, including a puncture wound on his side, as a result of the officer's actions and that he may file a federal complaint over the arrest.
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