Jason M. Dotson, the young man notorious for his involvement in a physical altercation with Richmond Police during last year’s “Shamrock the Block” St. Patrick’s Day celebration, was arrested early Saturday morning for assaulting an officer.
Around 2:30 a.m. on March 15, 23-year-old Dotson, of Colonial Heights, was arrested on the 100 block of Virginia Street in Shockoe Bottom, near the Off the Hookah nightclub. He was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and assault on a law enforcement officer.
Last spring, Dotson became the unlikely star of a viral YouTube video when he got involved in a brawl with police at “Shamrock the Block” on Saturday, March 16. In the video, Dotson asks police why they handcuffed his twin brother, Joseph. Dotson told ABC 8News that he was pointing, saying, “That’s not right,” before Richmond Police Officer R.E. Davidson attacked him, put him in a chokehold and another officer struck him with a baton.
Dotson and Officer Davidson wrestled to the ground; the video shows that at one point during the altercation Dotson ended up on top of Officer Davidson and appeared to strike him. Dotson was later taken into custody; he and his twin were both charged with drunk in public. Last year, Dotson told ABC 8News Investigative Reporter A.J. Lagoe that he wasn’t drunk; rather, he was the designated driver for the group of people he was with.
Dotson faced one felony count of assault on a police officer; the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor obstruction of justice before being dismissed. The charge of public intoxication was also dropped in June 2013.
“Shamrock the Block” drew criticism after Dotson’s violent brawl with police in 2013. Critics also argued that the event had outgrown the neighborhood. This past weekend, the annual event moved to North Boulevard, while a new celebration, “Shockoe Fest,” was held in Shockoe Bottom.