In December, Miami police charged comedian Hannibal Buress with “disorderly intoxication.” Following the incident, video footage was shared by the Miami Herald showing Buress refusing to comply with the police, even after being handcuffed. He repeatedly asks the two officers, “What am I being detained for?”
If you listen closely, you can hear one officer say, “trespassing.” Later, the same officer is heard saying, “disorderly intoxication.” Buress is heard responding, “No, I’m not getting in your car unless you have probable cause for anything. … Take the handcuffs off of me, I didn’t do anything, I’m not getting in your car.” Following the arrest, Buress posted bail and was released around 6 a.m.
On Thursday (February 1), People reported that all charges have been dismissed. Buress attorney stated:
“We are extremely pleased that the prosecutors took a careful look at the facts and listened to what we presented to them and agreed to dismiss the case in its entirety. In Florida, it’s protected First Amendment speech to ask a police officer to call you an Uber. It’s certainly not a crime and when coming from a professional comedian it’s actually quite funny. Unfortunately for Hannibal, the arresting officers didn’t think so.”