I was an officer and having a drunk guy come at you or grab you when you’ve told them to stay back is not a joke. The officer cannot know what is in the drunk’s mind and believe me they can go from “happy drunk” to obnoxious or violent drunk in a blink of an eye. The first thing to go when someone drinks is their good judgment.
Officers are trained to keep people at a physical distance for safety reasons. I had a guy who looked perfectly harmless initially go for my gun within one minute of my arrival on scene. He closed the distance between us very quickly and I had to knock him off my holster. Luckily it was a special safety holster that does not allow the gun to be pulled straight out.
I was able to fight the guy off until back up arrived, but it was no joke. It turned out that he was on PCP and out of his mind. He was about my height, but really scrawny looking. It took 3 officers and a whole lot of wrestling to get him secured because of the superhuman strength and lack of pain perception he got from the drugs. Not humorous at all.
Even if the person does not mean any harm to the officer, they have no right to touch another person without their permission. Officers don’t give up all of their basic human rights when they don the uniform. The idiot in this news story deserves his 2 misdemeanor charges. They won’t ruin his life and maybe he will learn something in the process.