Bashaud Breeland’s lawyers hint that excessive force was used in arrest
Bashaud Breeland is facing multiple charges stemming from his arrest in South Carolina on Tuesday night, and the attorneys representing the Kansas City Chiefs cornerback have released a statement addressing the incident.
A statement from Strom Law Firm noted that Breeland is only facing misdemeanor charges from the arrest, and the implication is that the 28-year-old was unjustly targeted by police. The attorneys say Breeland made a “lawful purchase” before he returned to his vehicle and officers drew their weapons on him.
Here is statement sent to me from attorneys @Bakari_Sellers and @petestrom on behalf of #Chiefs CB Bashaud Breeland clarifying charges that led to Breeland’s arrest Tuesday in York County, South Carolina. pic.twitter.com/aaQyhhyeq3
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) April 29, 2020
“At the time of the encounter with law enforcement, Mr. Breeland was leaving a gas station store after making a lawful purchase,” the statement read. “Moments after returning to his vehicle, a 2020 Range Rover with valid temporary paper tags, law enforcement officers approached Mr. Breeland and drew their weapons. We look forward to investigating why this level of force was necessary.”
There are, of course, two sides to every story. However, Breeland is facing charges of resisting arrest, having alcohol in a motor vehicle with the seal broken, having an open container of beer or wine in a motor vehicle, possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana or 10 grams of hash and driving without a license. Even if he can successfully make the argument that he was targeted by police when he shouldn’t have been, the Chiefs and the NFL won’t be happy about that list of charges.
Breeland, 28, started 15 games for the Chiefs last season and intercepted a pass in the team’s Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers. He re-signed with Kansas City on a one-year deal earlier this offseason.