An officer for the Biloxi Police Department on Friday used a stun gun on Junior Galette after the former Saints pass rusher punched someone and ran away, authorities said Tuesday.
Galette, a member of the Washington Redskins, was not booked with battery or assault because it did not appear the alleged victim would cooperate, said Sgt. Jackie Rhodes, a spokesman for the Biloxi P.D. But the officer did jail Galette on one count each of disorderly conduct and failure to comply with police, which Rhodes described as "very minor" misdemeanor offenses.
Galette posted $500 bail a short time after his arrest, Rhodes said. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had been given a court date.
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According to Rhodes, an officer was waved down about 10:30 p.m. Friday and told there may be a fight going on near the MGM Park minor-league baseball stadium, where a spring break concert was being held. The officer arrived and saw Galette strike someone, Rhodes said. But the 29-year-old Galette ran, Rhodes said.
The officer fired a stun gun at Galette and took him into custody, Rhodes said. Rhodes added that Galette was "very cooperative" from that point forward.
"My guess is he had second thoughts about why he didn't stay put," Rhodes sad of Galette. "My guess is if he'd just stopped, there probably would've been nothing."
Galette's attorney in New Orleans, Ralph Whalen, didn't immediately comment Tuesday.
Galette's arrest comes more than two years after Kenner police briefly jailed him on an accusation of misdemeanor domestic abuse battery. Prosecutors never charged Galette with a crime, but he is still facing a civil lawsuit filed by his accuser in Jefferson Parish's 24th Judicial District Court.
That suit, which seeks damages, is tentatively scheduled to go to trial June 12 in Judge Stephen Enright's courtroom.
Galette played five seasons for the Saints, registering a team-leading 22 sacks during his last two campaigns in New Orleans. The Saints cut him before the 2015 season, following the release of a 2013 video that apparently showed him hitting a woman with a belt during a brawl on a Florida beach.
Now a member of the Redskins, he has not appeared in a game for that team after tearing each of his Achilles tendons.
Although he wasn't charged in the case in Kenner, Galette forfeited two paychecks he would have earned on Washington's 2015 injured reserve as punishment for that arrest.
TMZ Sports was the first to report that Galette was shocked with a stun gun before his arrest.