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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Rolando McClain arrest details out

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Linebacker Rolando McClain allegedly yelled obscenities at police officers Sunday as they were trying to disperse a large crowd of more than 700 people at a local park after they responded to calls about a fight, Lt. John Crouch of the Decatur, Ala., police department said Monday.

"The officers got out, starting moving everyone out of the street when they heard somebody out of the crowd, yelling 'F the police,'" Crouch, the public information officer for the department, told 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore.

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"They continued trying to move the people out of the street and they heard it again and it appeared whoever it was was trying to get the crowd stirred up. They eventually identified the person in the crowd, they moved in, told him he was under arrest for disorderly conduct, at which point he tried to jerk away.

"The officers grabbed his arms, he continued to struggle, trying to pull the officers further into the crowd. They did eventually get handcuffs on him and at that point they recognized him at Rolando McClain. So he's since been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest," he said.

The Decatur Police Department also released a statement recounting the details of McClain's arrest to several media outlets. According to the release, police officers twice ordered McClain to stop walking after they identified him as the individual shouting obscenities, but he kept walking and said, "You told me to walk and I'm walking."

The police also allege that other individuals tried to prevent them from arresting McClain but they eventually took him into custody. The police are trying to identify the people who tried to interfere with the arrest.

The release also said that one officer suffered a minor cut on his hand during the incident.

McClain, who recently signed with the Baltimore Ravens after being released by the Oakland Raiders, is out of jail after posting a $1,000 bond.

The Ravens told The Baltimore Sun that they are reviewing the linebacker's case and wouldn't comment about his status with the team.

"There is due process on this, and we are paying attention to that," Kevin Byrne, Ravens senior vice president for public and community relations, told the newspaper.

McClain already was out on bond from a January arrest in which he was charged with having his car windows tinted too darkly and then trying to lie about his identity.

The Sun reported Tuesday that a Decatur, Ala., prosecutor won't file a motion to revoke McClain's bonds, meaning he his free to report to the Ravens' offseason program, if he decides to attend.

McClain is due in court July 9 for his most recent charges, the newspaper reported.

Sunday's incident was the third time McClain has been arrested in his hometown of Decatur since 2011.

Last May McClain was convicted of four misdemeanors -- reckless endangerment, menacing, third-degree assault and firing a gun in the city limits -- but he appealed the verdict and the charges were dropped when the accuser told prosecutors he no longer wanted to pursue the case.

McClain had a rough final season in Oakland, serving a two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. He also was demoted from the starting lineup a month into the season because of his struggles in pass coverage and because Raiders coaches thought he got tired too much playing every down.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.