In a South Carolina town just across the border from Charlotte, North Carolina, a York County deputy rolled up on three men leaning against a parked car, sharing a blunt outside a gas station last Tuesday afternoon. Marijuana is legal for all adults in 11 states. South Carolina isn’t one of them. So the cop turned a lazy Tuesday hang into a life-or-death confrontation.
The video shows the officer trying to get Breeland in handcuffs and struggled. He threatened to use a Taser on Breeland if he refused to comply. Then, things got even more intense as the officer drew his gun on the Chiefs player.
“Let me see your hands! … I’m not playing!” the officer can be heard shouting.
At one point in the vid, you can see the cop pulled a taser on the 5’11”, 195-pound defensive back … ordering him to stop resisting.
“Put your hands behind your back or you will get tased,” the officer said. “Turn around and face away from me! You’ll get tased!”
Breeland, though, ignored the officers orders … and when he wriggled away from the cop and got into his car — things took a frightening turn.
On the three-minute clip you can hear bystanders who are well aware of the danger to Breeland: “Yo, bro, don’t go in the car,” one man tells him. “Just chill.” A woman exclaims, “Oh god, I don’t want to be a witness to this,” expecting to see a man killed before her eyes.
Fortunately, it didn’t come to that. Eventually, Breeland got out of the car, got on the ground and ultimately relented to the officer placing him in cuffs.
Breeland tweeted about his arrest.
“I really was at a gas pump got approach by two guys police pulled up they throw something my car as police pulled up which the cop saw,” Breeland wrote. “I was the one detained wit charges that really shouldn’t be charged.”
Those tweets have since been deleted.
Per ESPN’s Adam Teicher, a sheriff’s officer confirmed that Breeland was arrested and jailed Tuesday in York County, South Carolina:
“According to the arrest report, a sheriff’s officer witnessed three people smoking marijuana in Fort Mill, South Carolina. As the officer approached, all three attempted to leave the scene, the report said. The officer said he witnessed one of the suspects throw a blunt into Breeland’s car. Breeland attempted to flee after being told by the officer he was being detained, the report said. The officer attempted to place handcuffs on Breeland, who then pulled away, the report said.”
Per the report, “Breeland, 28, faces charges of resisting arrest, having alcohol in a motor vehicle with the seal broken, having an open container of beer or wine in a motor vehicle, possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana or 10 grams of hash, and driving without a license.”
Breeland’s attorneys added in a statement Wednesday, “At the time of this encounter with law enforcement, Mr. Breeland was leaving a gas station store after making a lawful purchase.”
“Moments after returning to his vehicle, a 2020 Range Rover with valid temporary paper tags, law enforcement officers approached Mr. Breeland and drew their weapons. We look forward to investigating why this level of force was necessary.”
Breeland signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs last March and was productive for the Super Bowl champions. He had 48 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, eight passes defended, and a defensive touchdown over the course of the regular season. In the Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Breeland had a team-high seven tackles and one interception.