California college basketball player punches cop outdoors South Florida bar, police say

A Division 1 higher education basketball player went toe to toe with a South Florida law enforcement officer exterior a bar packed with spring breakers Wednesday, authorities stated. The ensuing battle landed the California ball participant in jail.

De’Sean Leighton Eikens, 22, is going through charges of battery on an officer, resisting an officer with no violence, resisting an officer with violence, disorderly perform for brawling, disturbing the peace and disturbing a community put even though currently being intoxicated. He has now bonded out of jail.

Eikens performs on the California Condition College Northridge men’s basketball crew as a guard, in accordance to ESPN. The Cal Condition Northridge Matadors are a Division 1 workforce in the NCAA.

On Wednesday, Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Joseph Perez noticed Eikens fighting with protection staff members at the Rock Bar, 219 Fort Lauderdale Seashore Blvd., an arrest report examine.

Human body cam video exhibits Eikens staying thrown to the ground by safety and Perez stepping in to decide him up and escort him exterior.

Even though Perez pushes him out, Eikens can be read expressing “Don’t touch me,” and a brawl ensues.

The officer wrote in the report that Eikens “unexpectedly punched” his arms and then punched his confront two times. Perez then punched Eikens in the face in advance of bringing him to the floor, a sequence captured by body cam footage and recorded by Perez in Eikens’ arrest report.

“The defendant was noticed to be intoxicated and underneath the impact of an not known compound,” Perez wrote.

As the officer waited for again-up to arrest him, Eikens told him many instances “I cannot breathe.” A person out of see responded, “If you can chat, you can breathe.”

When nevertheless on the ground Eikens was also read arguing with a person who explained he was strike by the basketball participant.

Police took Eikens to Broward Wellbeing Health-related Centre, wherever he was medically cleared, and then taken to the Broward jail.

“The defendant put my security at hazard and prompted a crowd of people to encompass me as I was taking the defendant into custody,” Perez wrote.

The Fort News