Video: Matt Hefferon, alleged police brutality victim, convicted of resisting arrest
Update, 6:45 a.m. March 27, 2012: The Fort Collins Police Department's investigation into a YouTube video apparently showing an officer shoving Matt Hefferon without provocation -- and Hefferon then being arrested -- is continuing at this writing. (The video can be seen below.) But Hefferon has now issued a formal complaint about the incident, which he says revolves around, of all things, a pedi-cab.
Prior to a press conference yesterday by Fort Collins Police Chief John Hutto, department spokesman Sergeant Jon Holsten released a statement asserting that early Sunday morning, "Fort Collins police officers were approached by the operator of a downtown bicycle taxi service reporting damage to one of his bikes. The informant was able to direct officers to three involved males who were leaving the area on foot."
Hefferon, for his part, tells the Fort Collins Coloradoan that he had his pals, including Jarvis Gullatt, and Josh Cullip, had been drinking in Old Town when they decided to take a pedi-cab -- and when they jumped into the vehicle, it flipped, breaking a rear reflector in the process. At that point, officers contacted the trio and told them they could pay for the damage on the spot or be cited for their actions.
According to Hefferon, he responded by telling the officer that he couldn't pay immediately because his ATM card wasn't working. "I was just standing there talking, explaining," he said in the Coloradoan interview. "And all of a sudden, he just snaps,"
Indeed, Hefferon doesn't seem to be advancing on the officer when the latter gives him a sharp shove in the chest and shouts, "Get back!" An instant later, another officer rushes at Hefferon and announces that he's under arrest -- a pronouncement that prompts Hefferon to repeatedly ask, "For what?"
Look below to see a 9News report that includes a portion of the video and Hutto's news conference. Then continue reading for our earlier coverage, including the complete video.
Continue to see previous coverage of the Matt Hefferon case.