Complaint: Vikings player pepper sprayed, stunned after resisting arrest

Tom Johnson
Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson, left, talks with a teammate during training activities in Eden Prairie in June.
Ann Heisenfelt / AP

A Minnesota Vikings lineman was arrested early Sunday morning after police say he refused to leave a downtown Minneapolis building.

Related: Adrian Peterson's arraignment set for Wednesday in Texas

Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson was repeatedly asked at about 2:25 a.m. to leave a building at 700 Hennepin Avenue, which contains a restaurant and bars.

The police incident report says Johnson was uncooperative and resisted officers. The officers pepper-sprayed him and forced him outside, where he was also stunned with a Taser.

Johnson was booked at the Hennepin County Jail for disorderly conduct and trespassing. Jail records show he was released at 10 a.m. Sunday after posting a $78 bail.

This is Johnson's first season with the Vikings. His arrest comes on the heels of running back Adrian Peterson's suspension after he was charged with abusing his 4-year-old son.

Vikings officials have not responded to a request for comment. Johnson's first appearance in court is scheduled for Oct. 17.

Create a More Connected Minnesota

MPR News is your trusted resource for the news you need. With your support, MPR News brings accessible, courageous journalism and authentic conversation to everyone - free of paywalls and barriers. Your gift makes a difference.