Dr. Michael J. Hoffman, Chicago infectious disease specialist is the subject of a viral video when footage of his arrest in New Orleans’ French Quarter was posted to Facebook. Dr. Hoffman and his brother had been drinking in a popular bar in New Orleans’ French Quarter. It was 4 AM and closing time. The Hoffmans had been waiting for the waitress to return their credit cards after settling their bill, and when they complained about the wait, they were ejected from the bar by a bouncer. Hoffman then called the cops.
When a Louisiana State Trooper, who had just finished his shift, was flagged down by a bar staff member, everything changed for the Hoffman brothers. While they were talking with the trooper, they got a little animated. When the officer reached for Hoffman in an effort to arrest him, his brother stepped between them. The trooper pushed the brother aside, grabbed Hoffman and after a brief struggle, body-slammed him to the ground. Hoffman is charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, public intoxication, disturbing the peace and criminal trespassing. Louisiana State Police officials have reviewed the video and find nothing wrong with the officer’s behavior under the circumstances.
Chicago Sun-Times reports:
A Chicago infectious disease specialist became the subject of a viral video when cellphone footage of his violent arrest in New Orleans’ French Quarter was posted to Facebook.
Dr. Michael Hoffman, a doctor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital who also is on the faculty of Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, was body-slammed by a Louisiana State Police trooper on Bourbon Street in the early-morning hours Sunday.
Hoffman faces a municipal summons for misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, public intoxication, disturbing the peace and criminal trespassing in connection with the incident, which Louisiana State Police said began with Hoffman arguing with a bouncer as he tried to retrieve his credit card from a Bourbon Street bar.
Hoffman’s New Orleans-based attorney, Steve London, said Hoffman has returned to Chicago and is being evaluated for injuries that include severe bruising and, possibly, broken ribs. Hoffman is weighing whether to file a lawsuit or report the incident to federal authorities, London said.