GALESBURG — A Galesburg police report sheds more light on a weekend arrest that has spread quickly online thanks to a Facebook live video of the arrest.
According to a jail booking sheet, Christopher E. Alfaro, 21, West First Street, is charged with felony counts of manufacture/delivery of cannabis between 30 and 500 grams, resisting a peace officer and aggravated battery to a peace officer as well as traffic offenses of driving on a suspended/revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and unsafe backing on a roadway. It is also believed he received a ticket for using a cellphone while driving.
His official charges were not known as of Sunday afternoon because it is believed Alfaro posted bond Saturday after a weekend detention hearing likely held Saturday morning. Formal charges would be filed by the Knox County State's Attorney's office ahead of his first court date.
Alfaro was arrested about 12:35 a.m. Saturday in the first block of East Simmons Street, in front of the Galesburg Public Library and across from Monkey Business, 35 E. Simmons St. A Facebook live video of the arrest has been viewed more than 40,000 times as of Sunday afternoon.
According to one Galesburg police report on the incident, an officer responded to a traffic stop to assist another officer with the stop.
Alfaro reportedly had cannabis "spilled down his right side and that he had tried to get out of the vehicle" and was attempting to find his insurance card when the second officer arrived.
According to online court records, Alfaro already is facing a petition to revoke probation after he pleaded guilty to felony manufacture/delivery cannabis between 30 and 500 grams and felony possession of cocaine less than 15 grams from a May 2016 traffic stop in Galesburg.
Upon walking up to the vehicle with Alfaro in the driver's seat, the Galesburg man was allegedly "digging at something down to his right side" and after he moved, the officer could see "a large amount of cannabis," a police report said.
It was believed at that point that Alfaro was reportedly trying to hide or destroy the suspected cannabis, which was at least an ounce based off of a visual estimate from a Galesburg police officer. Alfaro reportedly continued to dig between the seat and center console, so he was asked to step out of the car to stop from hiding or destroying evidence as well as the possibility of retrieving a firearm.
Alfaro exited the vehicle, was asked to step away from the driver's door and reportedly told the officer "you aren't searching sh-t" as he reportedly "reached out and began to try and shut the car door," the police report said.
He was told not to shut the door, but attempted to shut the door while an officer held it and grabbed the officer's other hand.
"At this point, both of my hands were tied up (one with holding the door and the other being grabbed by Christopher) so I yelled 'stop' and shoved Christopher away from me with my right arm to create distance and to get out of his grasp," the police officer wrote.
Alfaro stumbled back but still had a hold on the officer's right wrist area and then Alfaro reportedly lunged at the officer, so the officer shoved him into the vehicle and told him he was under arrest, the officer wrote.
After another shove, Alfaro threw his left arm at the officer, so he was taken down to the ground in a left arm bar hold and a subsequent leg sweep as Alfaro allegedly tensed up his arms while pulling away. The officer believed he was trying to run away while being told he was under arrest.
A third officer came to assist the officer engaged with Alfaro, who only went down halfway and was trying to get back up by using his arms, the police report said. Alfaro was then taken to the ground but continued to use his hands in the push-up position to hold himself up off the ground.
Due to a concern that Alfaro could have a weapon or more narcotics on his person while pulling his hands toward the center of his body, officers continued to secure his hands behind his back to try to get them in handcuffs. At this point, an officer noticed Alfaro had a set of car keys in hand that he was reportedly using as a weapon.
Alfaro allegedly "had the keys clutched in his hand and was moving his wrist back and forth violently, attempting to stab whatever/whoever grabbed near his hands" and did "slice" an officer, an officer reported. In all, one officer suffered five lacerations. Alfaro was allegedly grasping the keys so hard he set off his own car alarm, which can be heard in the video during the scuffle.
At one point in the video, an officer can be heard saying, "Give me your keys."
While this happened, several people were yelling at officers and walking toward officers, which made the scene "hostile." After another cut from the car keys, Alfaro was put into handcuffs but would not let his keys go, so more pressure was applied to his back by an officer's knee.
While attempting to take the car keys away from Alfaro, the Galesburg man allegedly began to grab body parts of an officer, including his genitals. Because of that, another officer used pepper spray in Alfaro's face in an effort to get him to comply with officer's commands, the police report said.
Alfaro continued to resist, so a stun gun was used on Alfaro's back by an officer, which ended the resistance, and the car keys were seized from Alfaro. At that point, officers attempted to search him, but he began to kick his legs. Alfaro's legs were secured so he could not roll over or kick, and once he "calmed down" he was taken into a squad car and transported to the Knox County jail.