posted on May, 25 2009 @ 03:20 PM
I don't care what the Sheriff said...That department is going to have a hard time defending this use of force. If it was the officers intent to
apprehend the individual, shoving them into a wall is not a technique they "teach" in the academy. Therefore, he can't fall back on "this was a
trained technique". So then we look at the reasonableness of the level of force. The individual looked to be slowing down and complying. Even if he
was not complying, at that point you have the option of 1. going hands on and grabbing the suspect to aprehend him 2. pulling out your taser, pepper
spray or baton and using said devices to gain compliance...However, slamming a person into the wall is not in that list. If anything, this is why we
(cops) are not taught to "slam people into walls"...it can cause severe injuries. Doesn't matter that the Sheriff OK'd the use of force. All that
has done is put the County on the hook for damages and not the officer.