Popular content creator and Smash Bros personality Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah incited mass concern across social media after going on a racist Twitter tirade and getting detained by the NYPD - but now, Etika is tumbling with law enforcement for an entirely different reason.
A video surfaced on Twitter (courtesy of esports consultant Rod Breslau) that showed Etika engaging in a physical confrontation with a police officer on May 1, throwing a punch to the officer that landed him square on the ground.
The video was recorded among a throng of bystanders, which later showed the YouTuber being escorted away by a squad of officers while he yelled indistinguishably.
According to a new video, Etika got into a physical altercation with police in New York today pic.twitter.com/4Y7xlbWrKE
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) May 1, 2019
Will Etika be arrested for assaulting a police officer?
While no updates have been released via Etika’s social media accounts, ex-girlfriend and fellow streamer ‘Alice Pika’ claimed that he has not been arrested for the assault, but is instead being kept in a hospital’s mental ward for the time being.
Etika may very well be in hot water for the altercation; according to New York Penal Code § 120.08, assault on a police officer is a Class C Felony with a maximum possible sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Quick Etika update: A doctor just called me. He has NOT been arrested, he's not going to jail. He's at the mental ward of a hospital again, not saying where. I gave her as much information as I could that would make sure he STAYS in there for longer than a day!!!
— :cherry_blossom: Alice :cherry_blossom: (@TheAlicePika) May 2, 2019
Etika's past online controversies
This wouldn’t be the first time Etika has brushed with New York’s law enforcement, either - in fact, the YouTuber was detained by police after an emotional Twitter outburst on April 29, recording the incident via an Instagram Live broadcast.
And there goes Etika pic.twitter.com/ebzGmgE7tZ
— Tony The Fishie (@TonyTheFishie) April 29, 2019
“I’ve come to purge the planet of all human life,” Etika said in a long-winded rant. “I will be dropping nuclear missiles very, very soon on every single human being. Death means nothing. Why are you all so scared of death for?”
[Timestamp at 8:20 for mobile viewers]
Etika’s now-deleted Tweets claimed that he was a “god,” including a photoshopped image of himself holding a pistol - even writing an anti-Semitic message that reportedly read “fuck the jews.”
Etika went on a similar tirade in October 2018, posting pornographic content to his YouTube account in a conscious effort to get his channel deleted from the website.