In response to NEGAME2's comment:
98.5 had a reporter from Nebraska on to talk about it. Apparently, the area he was in is full of college students in the bars. She said it's really gotten out of control with them pucking, urinating, and fighting after the bars close amd the city wants it stopped. She said three other trials like his were going on at the same time. So the city has a problem, too bad he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
I believe that's called "Lack of Judgement" on his behalf. He's on the precipice of signing a good to decent NFL contract, and not only risked being in a situation that is well-known to be bad by the police, AND it's at 2 AM, closing time, when good things NEVER happen. Good judgement would be to go to the establishment and get out well before closing time. Why couldn't his friends and family, whoever they were (seriously doubt if parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were in attendance), could have hosted something in a private home or smaller/less visible to the public eye establishment.
Booze makes people do strange things out of character, especially at closing time, when the good time comes to an abrupt stop. It makes the smallest guy in the room feel confident enough to take on the biggest guy. It makes people feel compelled to interject themselves into other people's situations. It makes you feel like you can jump faster or run higher (not a typo; it clouds reality). It makes you absolved of any personally responsibility. It makes you feel that only YOU can right a perceived wrong. It emboldens you to take matters into your own hands. Good judgement in these cases of dealing with an unknown person, under sober conditions, would have you just walk away, not knowing anything about him, especially if the stranger has a weapon of any kind. If you're an athlete on the verge of making a ton of money for the first time, walking away would be the reasonable and prudent thing to do. After doing so, letting a cop know what was potentially going to happen would also be a sound thing to do, not knowing if the other guy would be going off on someone else. Just simply staying out of a situation like this is the onlky sure fire way of not getting involved in a potential mess.
Dennard put himself into it, admitted he hit the other guy and resisted arrest. The video shows him hitting the cop, and he was convicted by a jury of his peers. Yes, it is sad, but the whole thing could have been avoided by Dennard if he used good judgement. With 100% assurance, you will never get off with hitting a cop while the cop is on duty doing his job.