a reply to: alienjuggalo
I get that, I really do. But at the same time their are also protocols for the self protection of perceived and "Potential" threats..
I don't really care if its a 12 year old or a 60 year old, if you are arresting someone and you fall on the ground with them that's bad. The officer
is almost always outnumbered and relying on extreme penalties for protection, beyond that tazer, pepper spray, baton, and finally sidearm.
I hit this poor guy with my skateboard while his back was turned toward me. What if I had hit a little higher in the head and killed him or caused
sever head trauma? What if I had paralyzed him from the neck down?
Ill be the first to admit being a LEO is not nearly as dangerous as many make it out to be. It is basically as dangerous as you make it. Don't put
yourself into stupid situations. That being said situations are far more dynamic than people realize when it comes to interaction with people that by
and large DON'T LIKE YOU AND DON'T WANT TO LISTEN TO YOU...
This deputy fell down or otherwise found himself in an awkward position among this young mans peers. Rightly assuming that peers may come to the
rescue( as I did with my friend at age 15) allots the officer some wiggle room for security. In this case deploying a tazer dry stun in order to try
and gain control of a situation that is rapidly getting out of control. You don't have a lot of time, the longer it goes on the more vulnerable you
are to damage claims, to physical damage, to causing damage to the person you are arresting, or them causing damage to themselves.
I know that many police officers would like to view them selves as upper echelon tier 1 Navy Seal types that will always be ready for whatever the
task, I also know that many non LEO tend to assume that cops are the same. That they are some crack team of hard core trained professionals who ALWAYS
"Should" make the right decision or ALWAYS "should" at least know what to do at any given moment.
Otherwise they are bad cops. This simply is not the case.
People...ALL people make mistakes, they do stupid stuff. They may be working like a well oiled machine Monday, and on Tuesday are ate up like a soup
sandwich. That's people for you... No amount of training will change that. Unfortunately the door swings both ways here. Being jacked up as an officer
will either cost a citizen their life, OR it will cost the officer theirs either literally or legally.
The best thing an officer can do is try to work within the "circle of protection". That is to say stay as legal as the situation will allow without
going over. Some cops go outside, some don't.
All Im saying is that If someone had bitten me, and then proceeded to resist me to the point I was now on the ground with them wrestling around I'm
going to taze them. Sorry, Im not a Navy seal ninja ranger. I cant throw a Bat Stun grenade and then rush someone out in my batmobile. All police are
tazered..ALL, so I don't think he was aiming for the young mans "15th vertebrae spinal attack nerve detachment move level 9000 police ninja handbook
page 698."......Or whatever, I think he just dry stunned the kid in the back wherever it touched.
I never had a problem talking with kids even the punk type, probably because I was a punk growing up. All I can say is look at this officers track
record.. He has 8 years in the Dept. If someone searches and find that he has a track record for violence against anyone, or that he is an asshole cop
then he deserves to be penalized and removed from service simply because he is a bad cop.
If this is his first infraction (which is not an infraction as of yet), then he will assuredly learn his lesson to be more careful how things are
handled from now on. I would even venture to say this incident will be grounds for numerous long wined meetings about certain policy changes on all