Man claims unlawful arrest, video of incident goes viral

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Donrell Breaux claims he was unlawfully arrested earlier this week, and video of the arrest has gone viral on Facebook.

The 26-year-old can be seen and heard in the video repeatedly asking for the reason for his arrest. Breaux’s friend, Eric Banegas, captured the incident on his cell phone.

The officer can be seen forcing his way into the home and handcuffing Breaux on a couch. During the arrest Breaux said several times “you’re scaring me” and “please don’t shoot me.”

Breaux told NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune he knows the arresting officer as a friend of his neighbors. The same neighbor he had a dispute with earlier that day.

Breaux said the March 30 confrontation started when he and Banegas were joking amongst themselves on Banegas’ front porch. Breaux told NOLA.com that he has been living at that address since December.

Breaux admitted the two were using profane language, but said “it wasn’t to the point that we were loud and disturbing people,” reports NOLA.com.

The unnamed neighbor allegedly walked out of his house and told the men to watch their language. Following a brief verbal fight, the neighbor said he was going to call the cops.

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived on the scene, allegedly speaking with the neighbor first before approaching and arresting Breaux.

Breaux claims that another officer, who arrived on the scene, was also a friend of the neighbor’s.

“These are personal friends,” Breaux said to NOLA.com. “I wish I had friends that I could call and have them handle personal vendettas that I have with my neighbors.”

Breaux was booked on the counts of battery of a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

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