brookdale police spray[UPDATE- 11/17/14 - Brookdale Community College issued the following statement regarding the arrest of student Jeffrey Michel]  

"Brookdale student Jeffrey Michel, 27, was being placed under arrest by Brookdale police officers on Nov. 14 as the result of an ongoing investigation.  He was charged with harassment, obstruction, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.  The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has been notified and is conducting an investigation. We are fully cooperating with the investigation and, as a result,  we are unable to comment further at this time.

IMAGE: Jeffrey Michel is arrested by Brookdale Police and sprayed during the struggle by police to subdue him.  Facebook video screen capture.

LINCROFT, NJ - Police at Brookdale Community College arrested a nursing student, Jeffrey Michel, on campus.  


A video by Vincent Codero of the arrest is making the rounds on facebook and shows Jeffrey Michel standing on a bridge in a woody section of the campus, resisting attempts by up to seven officers to restrain him.  

The charges, beside resisting arrest, are unclear from the video.  Messages left with Brookdale Police and administration for comment did not receive an immediate response.  

One officer states that the man was being arrested for "obstruction" When asked of what, the officer says, "of our questioning" she said, on the video. "You don't want to provide us with ID or your name and you have to."

The video is posted to the facebook account of Vincent Codero here:

On the video the police threaten to use pepper spray if the man does not stop resisting arrest.  After more than four minutes of struggle, police finally use spray and subdue the man placing him in handcuff and taking him to a police cruiser.

Throughout the video police focus their attention on the arrested subject, while being questioned by a man off camera, presumably the camera man.  Finally the police ask the cameraman to move back from the scene or he would be arrested.