Santa Clara, CA – Several Santa Clara police officers were injured Sunday when they had to remove a badly-behaved New York Giants fan from the San Francisco 49ers stadium during the game.
Patrick Flynn, of Brighton, Mass., was the unruly fan who was yelling at players on the field, and had to be ejected, but not until after he tumbled onto the field from the stands, in a fall that was captured on video by nearby fans, according to Patch.com (video below.)
Flynn, 29, was removed from the field and was arrested on suspicion of felony battery on a police officer resulting in injury and resisting arrest, Santa Clara Police Captain Wahid Kazem said.
He is also accused of two misdemeanor counts of battery on a police officer.
Two other fans who attended the game with Flynn were also arrested during the scuffle.
Several officers were injured in the altercation, not just the one who went over the railing.
Capt. Kazem said several police officers suffered injuries ranging from minor to moderate, and were treated at a local emergency room. They’ve all been released from medical care but have not yet returned to work, the captain told Patch Tuesday.
Police said Flynn and his friends had been warned about their inappropriate behavior earlier in the game, but that they continued to act in a way that was disruptive to other fans, and causing distraction to the Giants players and personnel, during the game.
All three fans were sitting in the first row behind the Giants’ bench.
In the video, Flynn was wearing the white Giants’ jersey of Janoris Jenkins. His relative, Kyle Flynn, seen next to him, was wearing the blue jersey of Odell Beckham Jr. The two men were cursing at players on the field, according to NJ.com.
Depending on which video is reviewed, it appears that police officers were arresting Kyle Flynn, of Arlington, Va., when his relative in the white jersey, who ultimately went over the railing, tried to interfere.
A woman can be seen trying to stop officers from arresting Patrick Flynn, and eventually being restrained by police herself.
Kyle Flynn, 26, was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public and obstruction of justice, Capt. Kazem said.
Thirty-year-old Lauren Alcatraz, of Quincy, Mass., also was arrested for obstruction of justice, he said.
In the video below, both Flynns were giving the players the middle finger and cursing at them in the fourth quarter of the game, after the Giants allowed a touchdown to give the 49ers a 31-13 lead in their previously winless season.
Alex Amster provided that video of the fan’s antics to NJ Advance Media.
Amster said the police officers gave the fan in the white jersey a warning, but “he kept cussing so they tried throwing him out of the stadium. He resisted and stayed in his seat. They tried to carry him out, but he was fighting back and heckling and even tried to spit on the officer.”
The video showed Patrick Flynn ended up falling over the railing, and onto the ground, as he resisted the officers. Inexplicably, news outlets reported that the officers “pulled” him over the rail, even though Flynn pulled an officer down with him; that officer landed on top of him.
Patrick Flynn continued to resist arrest on the field, and police used a Taser on him, after which he ultimately complied with the officers, Capt. Kazem said.
He was handcuffed on the ground and led off the field. It took seven officers to remove the unruly fan from the stadium, 247 Sports reported.
Patrick Flynn is currently being held on $40,000 bail in the Santa Clara County Jail and has a court date for Wednesday in San Jose, according to county jail records.
Video of the incident was heavily edited before being posted online.
You can see the heavily edited video below.