A series of videos documenting an arrest made in downtown Arcata after Oysterfest are being widely shared and argued over on social media.
The videos show an officer from Humboldt State’s University Police Department, who was eventually joined by officers from other agencies, in a violent confrontation with 20-year-old Samantha Luna, who was in the passenger’s seat of a vehicle that had been pulled over.
It isn’t immediately clear what lead to the stop, but the videos — which can be seen below — refer to another person who had been riding in the car who was also arrested at the scene. Luna, in a Facebook post, says that her friend stuck her head out of the sunroof of the vehicle.
Luna was booked into the Humboldt County Jail on charges of public intoxication, and was held on additional charges of resisting arrest and battery of a police officer. She was released on her own recognizance four hours later.
Luna’s initial Facebook post on the matter has been shared over 7,000 times, as of this writing.
The Outpost has reached out to Luna and Humboldt State University Police Chief Donn Peterson for comment. We’ll update when we hear back.
Local attorney Kathleen Bryson, who offered her services to Luna pro bono elsewhere on Facebook, told the Outpost this morning that she has not yet met with Luna, and does not yet know whether or not she will be representing her.