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Cops tell their side in Jets fan arrest video controversy

Jan 21, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

Usually the police don’t have to issue statements justifying the arrest of a New York Jets fan. Seeing uniformed men carrying off a screaming, handcuffed man wearing a Jets jersey is a natural occurrence in nature, like the coming of fall, or the migration of geese. But this was different: A video surfaced of a Jets fan being arrested and carried from his seat, feet first, out of San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium during the AFC playoffs on Sunday. And it caused quite a lot of controversy, with most viewers deciding that the cops were out of line. Relive the glory right here. Well, now the police are speaking out.
Video also following the jump.

The Jets fan’s name is William Carroll (not pictured above), and his arrest has become “a five-star YouTube hit,” according to the San Diego Union Tribune.

The videotaped arrest of the enthusiastic — and allegedly inebriated — New York Jets fan at Qualcomm Stadium has football fans howling in cyber protest.

The New York Post wrote: “Jets fan arrested in San Diego for no apparent reason.”

San Diego police beg to differ. Assistant Chief Bob Kanaski said Carroll was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and delaying or obstructing a police officer in his duties.

“It had nothing to do with cheering, it had to do with the behavior not seen on the film,” Kanaski said Wednesday.

Kanaski, who heads the department’s special operation unit, said Carroll was booked into County Jail on the two misdemeanor charges.

He said officers went to talk to Carroll after being notified via text message from an off-duty police officer at the game who said the Jets fan was intoxicated and out of control.

A sergeant asked Carroll three times to accompany him out of the stands but he refused. Kanaski said at one point Carroll tried to head-butt one of the officers. When the fan balled his fists and took a stance, the sergeant began to handcuff him, Kanaski said. That is where the video picks up again.

“The guy was obviously drunk and causing difficulty in the section,” Kanaski said.

Of the 69,000 people at the game, 49 arrests were made, and 43 of those involved being drunk in public. Others were arrested on charges such as petty theft, grand theft and battery, Kanaski said. Thirty-three were ejected for rowdy behavior. Police also issued several citations.
My favorite reaction from our comments section on Monday:

* What a disgusting exhibition of police state thuggery: six tax-engorged goons hauling off an enthusiastic football fan from the “wrong” team. Hey, if you can’t get a job microwaving burritos and pumping gas at the local 7-Eleven, you can always become a cop, right? Just show them your GED and your Dunkin Donuts Frequent Fatso card and you’re good to go. — qball

I see by my card that I’m eligible for a free cinnamon bun. See you in about an hour.
Cops: Jets fan’s arrest video incomplete [San Diego Union Tribune]
In San Diego, being a Jets fan is a misdemeanor [Out of Bounds]

  1. Icon - Jan 25, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    The chant has fled a ‘fan’s cruel lips, now Tasered he lay limp;
    Did not obey so he did pay – ticket gave ‘not’ the right of way.
    The vested they did spake the law, Blue employed it as gave rise,
    At last the scofflaw ‘got’ it: not once or twice, no but thrice!
    The price his to pay was a catered trip that day, down docility way,
    “Will be healed by Sunday” he said to self, to “watch Jets victory!”
    Now Monday aft postseason land some fans they’re filled with delight,
    And “The Man” he goes on policing, law & order again wins each fight,
    And somewhere Saints are laughing, and, somewhere Colts do the same;
    But there is no joy Big Apple, green & white the color pain yet, a-gain.

  2. Bob C - Jan 25, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    I never have been more enraged watching a video. I could care less about football, but if you are want to, fine. But in so doing we must endure people chanting, drinking, eating etc. These things are part of sports viewing at the stadium. I do believe this guys reaction to being ordered to leave my seat having done nothing but chant JETS, I would be a little hesitant to say the least. To further demonstrate that the cops (sic) overstep there given power(listen to video). You can hear quite a few surrounding fans yelling “he didn’t do anything”. I will not point out the fact (as others have) that all responding “officers” were grossly overweight(lazy) bullies (haircut) hellbent on over asserting their power. All this remember was started by another cop who happened to be annoyed by an opposing fan’s chatting his teams name. Sad how our society is degrading more and more each passing year.

  3. Icon - Jan 26, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    And as a result of copious unanswered points, our final score:
    Men in Blue (foot upon) 45 – rabble-rousers (throat of) 0

  4. BleedColtsBlue - Feb 14, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Icon you make interesting points, yet I having been related to a few cops and having seen several people arrested for being a nuisance. Never have I witnessed several people saying ‘He didn’t do anything’ in those instances.
    Pan to the people sitting directly above the guy who immediately agree to give her their information, I’m guessing agreeing to be witnesses in the case… they were sitting far closer to the man than you or I, and THEY didn’t seem to think he was being a nuisance.. also they were wearing Chargers gear.
    Speaking of analytical thinking, what actions did you observe that made the man appear drunk to you? The security on staff didn’t notice anything until they got a text from a fan that happened to be a cop. So they now have to be told to do their job by a person that’s not doing his.