MMA fighter Dave Herman was arrested on Monday after allegedly leading police on a chase before being tased and arrested.
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Herman Discusses Arrest
Friday, Jan. 23
Dan Herman talked to MMAFighting.com's Marc Raimondi about his arrest and treatment by police:
"I was trying to communicate with the officers," Herman told MMAFighting.com on Thursday. "They were screaming and threatening my life. There's no reason I should be treated like a dog. I'm a human being. I'm a person. I have feelings, too. I have a right to know who these people are."
Herman said he learned in driver's ed that the correct procedure when being pulled over by cops was to find a safe, well-lit area and that's all he was trying to do.
"I literally did it by the book," Herman said. "Like, that's what you're supposed to do and I'm being charged."
Herman said he got out of his car to address the officers thinking they would be able to assist him with his car trouble.
"I did not feel like I was aggressive at all," Herman said. "I was pleading. I said please identify yourself to me. Who are you? I stepped out of my vehicle literally thinking these people are going to help me and this is what I got."
Herman also discussed the reasons for his resistance to arrest, according to Raimondi:
"If you assume, then you make an ass out of you and me," Herman said. "You can assume a lot of things, but you can't know for sure. Anyone can buy a car. Anyone can buy an outfit. Anyone can buy a nametag. Anyone can buy a toy fake badge. I dressed up as a cop for Halloween one time, it was awesome."
"They verbally assaulted me, they physically assaulted me and they endangered the life of my wife and child," Herman said. "Those are the charges they're saying I did. All those things they did to me and then they charged me with them. I want them dropped and I don't even think these people should be police officers. It's ridiculous. You should automatically be fired for something like that. But I'm sure they'll just get a slap on the wrist and maybe a week or two paid vacation."
Herman's Wife Posts Video of Arrest
Wednesday, Jan. 21
Dave Herman's wife posted a video to YouTube, showing the MMA fighter's arrest, seemingly contradicting portions of the police report painting Herman as aggressive:
Herman Arrested After Being Tased
Tuesday, Jan. 20
Mixed martial arts fighter Dave Herman, who spent time with both UFC and Bellator, reportedly led police on a chase before being tased and arrested on Monday.
MMAJunkie reports a filing by the Dekalb County Sheriff Department states Herman was speeding without his lights on and didn't immediately pull over. Once he did stop, he approached the officers and forced them to use a taser:
David exited his vehicle and approached Officers in an aggressive manner. David was given multiple warnings to get on the ground and failed to comply. David had to be tased in order to be taken into custody. An infant and adult female were also present in the vehicle.
The outlet also passed along the fighter's mugshot:
Herman faces charges that include resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, battery against law enforcement and neglect of a dependant, all felonies, and a resisting law enforcement misdemeanor, according to the police report.
The 30-year-old American won his UFC debut in 2011 before losing four straight fights and getting released. He last fought in May with the Titan Fighting Championship, where he picked up a unanimous decision victory over Kalib Starnes.
Herman holds a 22-6 career MMA record. No word yet on how his arrest will impact his status with TFC.