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April 04, 2014
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Video: Struggle between La. cop and suspect goes viral

Suspect was arrested on charges of battery of a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and disturbing the peace

By PoliceOne Staff

JEFFERSON PARISH, La. — A struggle between a Louisiana man and an officer captured on cell phone video has gone viral, and the suspect claims it was his neighbor at fault for the disturbance.

According to the Times-Picayune, a resident dialed 911 to report a neighbor cursing at him. The resident reported to police that 26-year-old Donrell Breaux had directed “profanity-laced sentences” at him and his family after being asked to stop several times. The resident also reported smelling marijuana.

The responding deputy arrived with the intent of issuing a misdemeanor summons. The neighboring resident had requested pressing charges, according to the report.  

Upon arrival, the deputy detected the smell of marijuana, according to WFSB. The deputy then requested identification from Breaux. Breaux claimed he did not have identification on him, and turned to enter his friend’s house.

Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, said:  "After he refuses to present I.D. and tries to go into the house, now (the deputy's) going to do a physical arrest as opposed to a misdemeanor summons."

It is then that the video begins. As seen in the video, the deputy and Breaux enter the house and a struggle ensues.

Breaux was arrested on charges of battery of a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and disturbing the peace, the Times-Picayune reported. Officers did not find evidence of marijuana in the residence, but did not conduct a search.

Breaux argues that the profanity used was not threatening, and that the neighbor was belligerent.

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