'I Don't Really Believe I Was At Fault': Hannibal Buress Speaks On Miami Arrest
Speaking with SouthFlorida.com, the comedian addressed the arrest briefly, and said that the body-cam footage that captured his exchange with a police officer was “out of context.”
“What happened is that I asked the [officer] to call me an Uber, and he said, ‘No.’ He told me to leave the street. I go into this bar to get a phone charge or an Uber,” Buress said. “He follows me into the bar, and told me I’m too drunk to go inside. This is on the police report, but it’s not in the body-cam footage. ‘If I can’t be on the street, where do you want me to be?’ I ask him. I was in a state of trying to get home. The body-cam video starts after that. That’s why I’m so vocal toward him. Without that context, it looks like I’m an a**hole. Obviously, it’s an avoidable situation, but I don’t really believe I was at fault.”
The incident took place back in December, when Buress was arrested for disorderly intoxication.
“Once outside, the defendant stood by the front gate and continued yelling profanities,” an officer’s report said. “I, then again, asked him to leave the area about five times. A crowd began to gather and vehicular traffic slowed as they watched the defendant yelling and being disorderly. Defendant arrested.”
Ultimately, the charges against Buress were dropped in late January.