Phillip Smith ’15 was arrested Dec. 16 at Josiah’s after a physical altercation with Department of Public Safety officers.
At a district court hearing Dec. 17, Smith was released on $5,000 personal recognizance.
Smith was charged with assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, wrote Marisa Quinn, vice president for public affairs and University relations, in an email to The Herald. Smith was admitted to Rhode Island Hospital for a nose injury and then transferred to the custody of Providence Police Sunday morning, she wrote.
Smith had reached into a container of french fries and then refused a Jo’s employee’s request that he leave, said Bryan Smith ’15, a Brown University Dining Services supervisor.
Smith was reportedly intoxicated, according to charges read at the Dec. 17 hearing.
The Department of Public Safety received a request for assistance at approximately 1:15 a.m., Quinn wrote.
When they arrived, DPS officers first asked Smith to calm down, Bryan Smith said.
When an officer grabbed Smith to escort him from Jo’s, Smith attempted to punch the officer, said Adam Green ’14, who witnessed the incident. Three officers then wrestled Smith to the floor, he said.
Additional police officers arrived on the scene, with about six or eight officers present at one point, Bryan Smith said. The police then cleared students from the restaurant area of the eatery and closed the doors.
Smith, whose face was bloodied, was taken out of Jo’s by police officers, Bryan Smith said. “He was yelling about his jacket on the ground,” he said. “Eventually they picked up his jacket and threw it away.”
Ben Heller ’13, who was sitting in the dining portion of the eatery, said he was upset by the way officers treated other students in the eatery immediately following the incident.
“When I approached the (restaurant side), the cops were basically being aggressive,” Heller said. “Cops were saying, ‘You’d better back off, or you’re going to be next.’”
Jo’s closed for the night shortly afterward.
Both Green and Bryan Smith said many witnesses were shaken by the incident.
“I don’t think the whole situation was approached appropriately,” Green said, adding that he believed Smith should not have attacked officers and had suspected he was intoxicated.
Smith declined to comment, and representatives from DPS did not respond to requests for comment.