posted on Jun, 15 2010 @ 01:54 PM
This is coming from someone who has no issue with calling out the police when they do wrong, I have my own personal experiences in some threads o ATS
so Id be the first to call something if it didn't seem right.
Secondly I'm also a CJ major which will be entering Law Enforcement in the not to distant future So I can see both sides of this issue here.
Its easy to say this officer overstepped his bounds when that's what you WANT to see him doing. the reality of the situation is this, The officer was
attempting to make an arrest, whether it was lawful or not would/will be determined by the courts.
On the scene were two males a female, and the female being arrested. The female being arrested WAS resisting arrest, and being HIGHLY uncooperative,
the other female was also not making the situation any easier she was INTERFERING with the arrest.
On this cops mind are several factors the two males on the scene, the aggressive female friend, and the women resisting. This officer is ALONE and
confronted with obviously hostile individuals.
The woman resisting is a handful as it is and the other women DID in fact assault the officer, there is a GUN present mind you it is the officers, His
arrested is not under control and her friend is attacking him. A LEO is constantly weighing and observing his situation and he KNOWS that if he loses
control of the situation he may not go home that night.
The female friend attacked him and he lost control of his arrestee, this could be a potentially DANGEROUS situation if one of them goes for any of
his weapons, he MUST do what he can to get things back under control and YES KNOCKING the woman out is JUSTIFIED.
NEVER resist arrest, NEVER interfere with an arrest and NEVER ASSAULT A POLICE OFFICER especially while hes trying to make an arrest...
Some people here like to make any police actions seems like its the end of the world and some NWO takeover and loss of our rights and I can assure you
THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE SITUATIONS
Some people think they know everything because they sit behind a computer screen but the reality of the situation is that this officer did what he had
to do, you may not like it but put yourself in his shoes.
In my schooling and experiences with LE I can tell you that situations like these have on many occasions resulted in the officer getting KILLED
because he lost control of a situation.
The officer used an equal level of force to restore control of the situation, he was JUSTIFIED to use the next level of force which I'm sure everyone
here would have screamed police brutality had he went to that level.
He was following the correct use of force guide lines for this situation.
[edit on 15-6-2010 by C0le]