Houston Astros pitcher Brandon Backe was among ten people arrested at a hotel pool bar at the San Luis Resort in Galveston, Texas over the weekend. It seems, however, that Backe was just a victim of circumstance in the wrong place at the wrong time. He and some pals were at the hotel bar after attending a wedding nearby when this went down:
The trouble started when a Galveston police officer approached 19-year-old Daniel Cole O'Balle about entering the pool bar area with an open container of alcohol. O'Balle took a "fighting stance" toward the officer, the report stated.
The officer attempted to arrest O'Balle, who then struck him in the upper chest with his fist and then hit another officer in the face.
While police attempted to handcuff O'Balle, others at the bar were also refusing commands from officers, escalating into a scene that police described as a riot, according to the report.
Backe was one of the folks told by police to back away from the scene; he refused and was punched in the face, slapped with handcuffs, and charged with "resisting arrest, search and transportation by using force against an officer". Sounds like trumped up charges to me. Who amongst us hasn't gotten a little too drunk at a wedding and ignored the pleas of riot police? Amirite? Also taken into custody: FEMA coordinator Jaime Forero. Doin' a heckuva job, Forero!
The fuzz ended up using a Taser on O'Balle and his 46-year-old father Gilbert while spraying pepper spray at just about everyone in the bar. The Galveston Police Force: on your side since 1936!
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