VIDEO: Smug Congressional Candidate Livestreams Himself Resisting Arrest

A recently-defeated congressional candidate live-streamed on social media as he resisted arrest on Saturday.

Springboro, OH – A former Republican congressional candidate failed to stop for police, and then broadcasted on Facebook Live as he resisted arrest on Saturday night (video below).

Springboro Police Lieutenant Dan Bentley released a statement on Tuesday that said an officer had attempted to stop Samuel Ronan on the evening of June 9, after he was observed driving in an “unsafe manner.”

Ronan, who was defeated by U.S. Representative Steve Chabot in the GOP primary in May, ignored the officer’s lights and siren and continued to drive, police said.

He led the Springboro officer on a brief pursuit before pulling into an apartment complex, where he ultimately stopped and parked his vehicle, according to the statement.

At that point, dashcam video showed Ronan jumped out of his car and walked aggressively toward the officer, with his cell phone held in his right hand as he broadcasted the exchange on Facebook Live.

The officer told him repeatedly to get on the ground, as the wanna-be politician lectured the cop for the benefit of his Facebook audience.

“Whatever the issue is, you yelling at me and threatening me to get on the ground is not relevant,” Ronan smugly said to the officer in the video.

“Get on the ground,” the officer ordered him repeatedly.

“No, I’m absolutely not getting on the ground,” Ronan responded.

At that point, the videos showed the officer attempt to take Ronan into custody.

“What do you think you’re doing?” Ronan yelled.

“Let go of me. Let go of me! What is the problem?” he asked in the video as he continued to actively resist arrest.

At that point, the video showed the officer pulled out his Taser and point it at the belligerent suspect.

“Get on the ground. Your last chance – get on the ground!” the officer ordered him.

“You’re going to stun me? You do realize you’re on live right now? You’re on live,” Ronan taunted the officer.

The officer continued to order Ronan to the ground, as he radioed for his backup to pick up the pace, the video showed.

“Get on the ground!” the officer ordered him again.

“No!” Ronan responded, sounding like a petulant child in the video. Then he proceeded to tell the officer he wasn’t in a police state and had no obligation to get on the ground, the video showed.

At that point, the officer holstered his Taser and took the suspect to the ground with his hands. The video showed Ronan continued resisting.

“I am not resisting. I am defending myself from being assaulted by someone who claims to be an officer,” Ronan told his Facebook Live audience as he fought with the uniformed officer.

That was when the first officer’s backup arrived. With the second officer's assistance, they were able to wrestle Ronan into a prone position and put his hands in cuffs.

Dashcam video from the second officer’s patrol vehicle showed Ronan fighting with the first officer when he pulled up on the scene.

“Sir, you are using excessive force. You are both using excessive force. I want your badge number,” Ronan complained as he was taken into custody.

Then, in the video, he told the officers he was U.S. Air Force and had sworn to protect and defend his country.

He also lectured them on use of force techniques, calling one of them “Officer Big Buff Guy,” and reminding the officers that they were on Facebook Live.

In the video, his rant and demands for his “stuff” can be heard fading into the distance as officers marched the handcuffed man over to a patrol vehicle.

Eventually, one of the officers returned and picked up Ronan’s cell phone, ending the live broadcast.

Ronan was charged with failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, obstructing official business, and resisting arrest, according to the statement from police.

The Facebook Live video showing evidence of his crimes was no longer available on Ronan’s Facebook page, although it was preserved by others on YouTube. He replaced it on Tuesday afternoon with message to his friends about the situation.

“At this time I am released from Warren County Jail. I will not be giving a statement today about the arrest. Today is a day to spend with my family and friends. I will not be on FaceBook or any social media platform for a while, my Messenger remains active, please text or email me,” Ronan wrote.

“Also, If you can offer advice on an attorney for my case I would however, greatly appreciate it,” he posted.

Lt. Bentley said he couldn’t give further comment on the details of the incident because the matter was still under investigation, but he thanked the community for their outpouring of support after the initial release of Ronan’s Facebook Live video.

You can watch what happened in a series of videos below. Scroll down for more.

Comments (31)
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RunCop
RunCop

Lowest common denominator.....please!

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

SURPRISED?

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

Looks like he's butt-hurt from losing in the election and wanted to make a publicity stunt.

MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

For a congressional candidate, he sounds remarkably close to a sovereign citizen. Too bad he didn't get to ride the taser. Excellent display of restraint by the officer.

wildbill38301
wildbill38301

Air Force huh. LOL

EMarie
EMarie

What an arrogant a$$hole! True example of ignorance!

b1rd
b1rd

This guy is a complete idiot. In 2016 he ran as a democrat using a republican platform. https://ballotpedia.org/Samuel_Ronan And in 2018 as a republican using a democrat platform.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

"you yelling at me and threatening me to get on the ground is not relevant" Turns out it was relevant.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

I'd call this one a libtard but that would be insulting even to libtards.

AmyHaupert
AmyHaupert

You’re right about that. This guy makes them seem like choir kids

Fearless Foe
Fearless Foe

I cannot be sorry for this nitwit, either for his arrest or his election defeat. He deserves both for his arrogance. Note to lawyer: Drop this loser.

Skidoo
Skidoo

An irritating dude but l am glad no one was hurt.

Rocky248609
Rocky248609

What an asshole politician, that's ashamed to democrats. Is he gay ????

Rocky248609
Rocky248609

Good job to law enforcement!!! Congratulations.

Doc___
Doc___

Most be the weather bringing out the Ohio idiots... This guy tops the list.

FSchloss
FSchloss

Rocky, I hate to tell you this, but the term "asshole politician" is redundant.

Mom2Boys
Mom2Boys

He will not get on the ground? I think he has been misinformed about interacting with law enforcement. Thanks to an astute voting block, he also will not be on the Fall ballot either. KUDOS all around. 👍

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

You should see all the support he's getting on Twitter, telling him to contact the ALCU. And that what happened to him was outrageous and that they will donate to his legal fees. So many stupid ass entitled grown brats!!! SMDH!!!

Concerned Floridian
Concerned Floridian

As a veteran of 24 years in the Air Force i am embarrassed by this idiot. If he was a in the Air Force at one time he obviously didn't make the cut because of his failure to mature past the average 10 year old. This is a prime example of someone who obviously believes they are entitled to things they are not. Kind of the problem with most activist movements out there today that take things to the extreme. This complete lack of common sense and belief that one is entitled to things they aren't only leads to hate, misery, and strain on society as a whole.

61mouse
61mouse

He's got the gay walk down pretty good carrying his purse and all

Lewke
Lewke

The actions of a typical RINO. Only leftist liberals act this way in the face of law enforcement. Glad he got defeated--just another communist waiting to infiltrate what's left (no-pun intended) of the decimated republican party. And explains all the libtards coming to his defense and recommending the extreme liberal ACLU get involved...ooh, I know, let's all chip in and get him a trophy when he gets out of his "cry-closet"...lmfao...

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

So...where is lowest common denominator?

b1rd
b1rd

@CowGurlUP black cop white stupid person. No complaints from H_C Dumbshit. Either that or he is still trying to find what he accused me of LOL.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

A few things come to mind. He said, "I'm just defending myself!" instead of resisting arrest - then said he didn't "defend himself". When he said "United States Air Force", I'd have responded with "United States Marine Corps" just to let him know he was in WAY over his head. Finally, when he complained about being put in a "chokehold", I'd have told him that if I had REALLY put him in a chokehold, he'd be unconscious right now and I wouldn't have to listen to all his crap.

Happygolucky99
Happygolucky99

I find this very interesting as it is a black officer and a white civilian. And everyone is all about how the officer was in the right....And he was. But yet I have seen sooo many times that the officer was white and the civilian was black and it has immediately been labeled with a race card. how the black civilian "didn't do anything" and the cop used excessive force, etc, etc. The fact is, color race, gender, none of that should make a difference when it comes to obeying the law. If an officer says to stop...STOP! He says to get out of the car...GET OUT OF THE CAR! He says get on the ground....guess what...GET ON THE GROUND! Common sense people. These guys' jobs are hard enough.why the heck do people feel the right to make it harder, for no reason?! Any situation, one as simple as a traffic stop, can end in the death of an officer..and it has, many times. You may be the most law abiding citizen since Mother Theresa, but they don't know you. you could be Hannibal Lecter. This officer acted appropriately, I would even say with restraint, as I have seen so many white cops do, as well. People need to stop making everything about race and be accountable for their stupid decisions and bad attitudes. Let officers do their job!! Their jobs are hard enough. They deserve to be able to go home to their families at the end of the day too. They are the ones running into the danger, as we all run away. Show some respect. one day, it may be your family they are risking their lives to save. God Bless our officers and their families.Thank you all for all you do to protect us. <3<>

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@CowGurlUP Im on vacation, love. Be patient. Until i return, you'll have to find someone else to "Up" your cowgirl.

Eddied1954
Eddied1954

IF I lived in this area I’d be ecstatic he wasn’t able to run for office in any capacity

DLWalt
DLWalt

What did they think would happen with "No lackin' brains challenge"? Lucky they both aren't dead. You NEVER point a loaded weapon at anyone. This is what happens. Are teens so bored they think this is "fun"? I rarely say this, but these 2 are morons. Pls use birth control because the world has enough morons. We don't need anymore. Good Lord.

M_Stillwagon
M_Stillwagon

DLWalt... I think you have the wrong article. But I do agree.

Sandi2
Sandi2

What an idiot. Lucky he wasn’t elected to anything because he doesn’t seem to have all his facilities. I feel sorry fir the USAF but of course the like all others get their share of crazies. Thank goodness he is no longer “in” service He either needs mental help or help realizing he is not the “special snowflake” he thinks he is and has to confirm to the rules just like every body else