The video, which you can watch above, shows a handcuffed Buress outside a police car speaking to two officers. “Am I under arrest?” he asks the officers. When he is told he is, he asks, “for what? Explain what I’m detained for. Explain what I’m detained for.”
An officer can be heard telling Buress that he is being detained for trespassing.
Buress again asks “what am I being detained for?” Bystanders can be heard asking what property Buress is being trespassed from and who called the police on him.
Buress then says to the officer, “you’re goofy as f*ck. I know you’re goofy as f*ck right now.”
The other officer tells Buress that he’s making it harder on himself and he replies, “No you’re making it harder. I’m just chilling. He’s just salty because I roasted his ass.”
Buress then says to the officer, “Take the handcuffs off of me. I didn’t do anything and I’m not getting into your car.”
After more discussion between Buress and the officer, the officer puts the comedian into the back of the patrol car.
The Miami Police Department has not released details about the arrest, including the police report, but did say on Twitter, “Mr. Buress was arrested for disorderly intoxication, on December 9, 2017, at approximately 10:30 p.m,” after documentary film director Billy Corben questioned the arrest.
According to the Miami Herald, Buress was booked into the Miami Dade Jail at 1:57 a.m. Sunday and released just before 6 a.m. on $500 bail. The Herald reports that the arrest took place at Northwest Second Avenue and 20th Street, in Wynwood. The area is home to Art Basel-related events, which draws celebrities from around the world, the newspaper reports.
A Herald reporter was told by Miami Police that arrest reports are only released during regular business hours. “That’s a change in policy. They used to regularly release a-forms on weekends,” the reporter, David Ovalle, wrote on Twitter.
According to TMZ, which obtained an arrest affidavit from the incident, Buress asked an officer to call him an Uber. The officer wrote in the affidavit that Buress then became angry and belligerent when he refused to do so, according TMZ. The officer said Buress then went into a bar, and the officer asked him to leave, saying he was too drunk. According to the officer’s affidavit, Buress continued to “hurl profanities” at him and caused a crowd to form. The officer said he asked Buress to leave five times before putting him in handcuffs. The video begins after Buress was already cuffed.
In a series of tweets, Corben, who is best known for directing “Cocaine Cowboys” and two ESPN “30 for 30” documentaries on University of Miami football, raised questions about the arrest and video.
“Why do the officers in the video say he’s ‘trespassing?’ Everyone in Wynwood is disorderly and intoxicated. Especially during #ArtBasel,” Corben tweeted Sunday morning. “First @MiamiPD said they arrested @HannibalBuress for ‘trespassing.’ Now they say ‘disorderly intoxication.’ Sounds more like ‘being a loud black guy’ to me.”
Corben added, “If it’s a good arrest, then release the report. Unless, of course, they need time to……’amend’ it……? …According to police, he was NOT kicked out of a bar by an owner or employee. Nobody called police or complained about him.”
Buress, 34, is a longtime standup comedian who has appeared in several TV shows and movies, including “Broad City,” and “30 Rock. He has recently had roles in “Spiderman: Homecoming,” “Baywatch” and “The Disaster Artist.”
He gained prominence in 2014 for his routine on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault accusations, which put those allegations into the national spotlight.
Buress has not commented about the arrest.