A video on YouTube showing a man being arrested in Fayetteville has gone viral after the man insisted all he was doing was drinking tea in the parking lot of an ABC store on Morganton Road.
The video, posted April 29, shows the man drinking from an large aluminum can around 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.
Watch part 1 of the video on YouTube (Warning: mature content)
Watch part 2 of the video on YouTube (Warning: mature content)
IN the video an Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Enforcement officer in plain clothes approaches the man in the parking lot to ask about the beverage. Thursday afternoon the Cumberland County ABC Board Law Enforcement identified the officer as Rick Libero. ABC Law Enforcement identified the man as Christopher Lamont Beatty Junior.
The video shows Libero repeatedly questioning Beatty about the contents of the can. Beatty explains the contents are Arizona brand iced tea, and he keeps the container out of reach of Libero.
Libero asks Beatty to leave the property several times. Beatty hesitates to leave as he asks why he is being asked to vacate the property.
Libero shows Beatty a set of handcuffs fastened to his belt before asking Beatty to put his hands on a nearby car. Beatty moves toward the car before being handcuffed by Libero.
Libero takes Beatty to the ground while Beatty is still holding the can. The person videoing the incident then takes the can from Beatty to show the label closely on camera.
The video shows Libero standing over a handcuffed Beatty until a uniformed Fayetteville police officer arrives. The assisting officer places Beatty in his cruiser.
An unidentified woman hands the person videoing the incident the beverage container and Beatty's hat.
ABC Law Enforcement said Beatty was arrested and charged with trespassing and resisting, delaying and obstructing a law enforcement officer. Beatty was given a $2,000 secured bond. His first scheduled court appearance is June 6.
The news release from ABC Law Enforcement made no mention of Beatty having an alcoholic beverage.