Saturday, July 7, 2012

The details of Adrian Peterson’s arrest are evolving reports that Adrian Peterson's arrest for resisting arrest in Houston was caught "all on video," and the details may not bode particularly well for the Houston Police Department.

A source with knowledge of the situation told PFT that the arrest was captured by "one or more surveillance cameras," with "multiple" witnesses. Peterson's girlfriend and some family members were reportedly at a Houston nightclub. At closing time, policemen entered the club and instructed everyone to leave. Peterson wanted to get some water, but an officer told him no and Peterson went for the exit. "It’s believed that one of the officers then jumped on Peterson’s back from behind and tried to take him down," explained Florio's source. Other officers then joined in.

The fact that Peterson was only charged with resisting arrest is awfully bizarre considering -- as Florio points out -- to be arrested for resisting arrest requires a suspect be informed that he is under arrest before the alleged resisting of arrest can occur. Despite this, Peterson was merely booked on a single count of resisting arrest; albeit he can still be charged with other offenses related to the incident.

Worth noting is, had Peterson simply failed to comply with an investigatory or "legal" stop, such circumstances would have warranted a charge of obstruction, not resisting arrest.

Expect more details to emerge this weekend.


  1. Sounds really fishy! No original charge?? First time have seen that one. Someone will put out a video of it sooner or later, only reason it hasn't happened yet is because whoever has video of it naturally is going to try to sell it to TMZ first.

    Nice call on the obstruction/resist difference. My neighbor's kid was cited for obstruct when he just walked away from a cop who asked to see ID after a ballgame. The "legality" of the cop asking for ID to begin with was that he looked both plastered and underage. When he just walked away, it became a matter of not complying to a direct order or some bullshit.