While officers escorted him to the bathroom, Herrera “punched the airplane wall, frightening nearby passengers,” prosecutors said. After leaving the bathroom and learning he had been moved to another seat, Herrera “began yelling again.”
Officers decided to remove Herrera from the plane, but by then he was in a middle seat, “still screaming, and with clenched fists,” according to the U.S. attorney’s office. While officers tried to remove him, “Herrera tore off his sweater and threw it at passengers seated in front of him.”
Two officers grabbed the arms of Herrera, who kicked an officer in the knee, bruising him, and “repeatedly struck another officer as well,” according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Herrera was eventually removed from the flight. Atlanta police officers assisted in detaining him.
Homeland Security is investigating the case with assistance from the Atlanta Police Department.
Delta did not immediately respond to a request for comment.