Comedian Hannibal Buress arrested on disorderly intoxication charges

Cell phone video shows Buress asking police why he has been detained

By Tim Swift - Local10.com Digital Editor
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MIAMI - Comedian Hannibal Buress was arrested late Saturday in Wynwood on a charge of disorderly intoxication, the Miami Police Department said.

According to the arrest report, Buress approached a police officer about 10:30 p.m. outside Woodfers Cafe in the 2000 block of Northwest Second Avenue and he asked the officer to call him an Uber. When the officer refused, police said Buress became angry and belligerent. 

The officer said Buress' eyes were bloodshot and his breath smelled of alcohol, according to the report.

After the exchange, according to the report, Buress went inside Woodfers Cafe and the officer followed him. The officer then told Buress that he had to leave the cafe because he was intoxicated, the report said.

Once outside the cafe, Buress yelled profanities and refused to leave the area, prompting his arrest, the report said.

Woodfers Cafe, which promotes itself as where "art meets street food," was hosting an interactive art exhibit called "You are the Masterpiece" on Saturday night. The event was being held in conjunction with Art Basel, which brings dozens of celebrities to the Miami area each year. 

Buress was released on bond early Sunday.

The hashtag #freeHannibalBuress started trending on Twitter after the arrest.

A cell phone video posted on Twitter by user @eyehategabe shows Buress with his hands behind his back against a patrol car as two officers question him. 

"I am under arrest? For what? ... Explain what I'm detained for," he asks two police officers in the video.

"For trespassing," one of the officers says in the video. 

A standup comedian, Buress, 34, is frequent guest on late-night talk shows such as the "Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon." He has appeared in several TV shows and movies including "Broad City" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming." 

After a standup routine in 2014, Buress was widely credited with bringing renewed attention to charges of sexual assault against Bill Cosby.

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