posted on Feb, 1 2005 @ 09:43 AM
This is a case of excessive use of force. In any real P.D./S.O. worth a damn, this lady would be on leave(with/without pay), if this was a third
infraction, she'd be fired.
If I'd have ever done something like this, my Sgt./Lt. would be warranted in firing my A$$(Where I hold my TCLEOSE L-1 to this day).
You have a duty to protect and serve, and while I agree anyone at anytime can pose a lethal threat, and you should be prepared for that, you also have
a duty to grade your own use of force.
If you're in a closed environment with a elderly offender and feel that they require any amount of force over basic physical restraints, then you had
best get your Sgt. there, get E.M.S. there, get a backup unit. Or all of the above.
The lade posed no immediate threat(lethal or non-lethal) to anyone. If the officer truly felt threatened by the lady, she should have already radioed
for a backup unit and then kept orderlies present as witnesses, and began at the bottom of the use of force ladder, with physical restraints.
I've seen it first hand, there is a set of steps you should always take when applying any force. Each of your actions must be the result of a
qualifying action from the suspect. That's just the way it goes, you are a reactionary device in 99% of your work. If you're not constantly
analyzing situations looking for your legal remedies, then you are like this person, and you leave yourself and your department exposed to legal
This does not only go for little old ladies/men. This goes for anyone that you must interact with. You have to guage your situation, I mean every
second that you're working. Things can always change swiftly, but if you're qualifying your actions, you're prepared.
Human nature is largely linear, you can use this to your advantage, as a cop or not. You can prepare for your next step in any action, well before you
need to take that action.
That's what good cops do.
Is there a bit of risk to you because you carry yourself in a way that protects the public as well as yourself? Sure. Is it less risk that being some
"gung-ho" ball of fury? Everytime.
X[edited for misspelled abbreviation.]
[edit on 1-2-2005 by Xatnys]