Police footage showing the arrest of Shia LaBeouf last week does not put the actor in the best light, to say the least.
The 31-year-old was arrested on the streets of downtown Savannah, Georgia, around 4 a.m., last Saturday for obstruction, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness, reports WSAV.
According to the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police report, it all started over a cigarette. LaBeouf was allegedly searching for a smoke after a night of boozing. He asked a bystander for a cig, who told him, “No,” and then proceeded to ask a police officer who also turned down his request. That’s when the actor wigged out.
“What f*ckin badge are you wearing?” said LaBeouf to the officer.
When the officer told him that he was, indeed, a police officer and that the young thespian should leave the area because there were children present and he was using profanity, LaBeouf refused and continued to rant.
“F*ck you, you ain’t sh*t,” said LaBeouf, according to the officer’s retelling of the encounter. “F*ck you b*tch I pay you, you sorry mutha f*cker.”
The officer said LaBeouf began acting in an aggressive manner, so he phoned for backup and attempted to place the movie star under arrest. But LaBeouf fled the scene to his hotel.
Police followed the actor into the hotel and apprehended him. At this point, LaBeouf really started to lose it.
“What did I do sir?” LaBeouf shouted in the hotel lobby. When asked why he was shouting, LaBeouf replied, “Because I have rights! I have rights, I’m an American!”
On the way to the jail, LaBeouf continued to lash out against the officer, calling him a “stupid b*tch,” while also threatening him. “If I had my gun, I’d blow your sh*t up,” he said.
Things got even weirder. At the station, in the pre-booking area, another officer said that LaBeouf was attempting to go for his gun and also kissed his hand. That’s right, he kissed his hand.
“Mr. Labeouf then began reaching on my gun belt and began pulling on my radio, while he was stating that he was grabbing my gun,” wrote the officer in his report.
“I advised Mr. Labeouf that he was in fact grabbing my radio and not my firearm,” the officer continued. “My hand was placed on Mr. Labeouf’s right shoulder in a [sic] attempt to maintain control of him, it was at this point in time that Mr. Labeouf leaned over and kissed my hand.”
After a brief stint in the jailhouse, the disgruntled LaBeouf was eventually released. He forked over $3,500 to cover a bond for obstruction.
LaBeouf is filming a movie titled, “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” an adventure story about a Down Syndrome kid that wants to become a professional wrestler, in Savannah. He was reported to be back on set this week.
If there is anything to learn from LaBeouf’s arrest it’s how NOT to interact with law enforcement. Whether you’re enjoying a night out on the town or just going about your normal business with your sidearm, always treat police officers kindly and with respect — even if you believe they are in the wrong. If there is a problem, the place to solve it is in the courtroom, not on the street, in the police cruiser or at the jailhouse.
Also, never — even in jest — go for a cop’s gun. That can get you killed. And, for the love of God, don’t kiss the officer’s hand. That’s just downright weird and creepy.