After Hannibal Buress was arrested by police in Miami for disorderly intoxication, the charges have officially been dropped according to a report from E! News. In a statement from the publication, the state prosecutors couldn’t prove without a doubt that he was drunken and disorderly.
Brian Bieber, who is Hannibal’s lawyer, said to E! News that his arrest was quite funny because “it’s protected First Amendment speech,” to ask a police officer to call a person an Uber.
Bieber stated, unfortunately, for Hannibal, the arresting officer didn’t think he was within his rights. As a result of the hearing, the charges had been dropped altogether.
As you may know, Hannibal was arrested back at the end of 2017 for being disorderly and intoxicated. A Twitter hashtag protesting his arrest formed not long after, with some curious fans even messaging the Miami Police directly on Twitter to inquire as to why he been detained.
The video footage as obtained by TMZ was captured by fans surrounding him. The video showed the comedian being pressed up against the car and asking to know what he had been arrested for.
Hello Billy, Mr. Buress was arrested for disorderly intoxication, on December 9, 2017, at approximately 10:30 p.m.
— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) December 10, 2017
Additionally, E! News claimed that the officer arrested him after Hannibal approached him and appeared to be drunk because he had bloodshot eyes and smelled like alcohol.
The officer claims Buresse became angry and belligerent. The policeman revealed he had asked Hannibal to leave the venue over five times before arresting him.
It was at that point where the comedian became increasingly loud and aggressive, which prompted the cop to take him into custody. Buress has found himself at the center of controversy before. Fans will remember that his stand-up routine is what sparked the rape allegations against Bill Cosby to resurface.