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Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by ModernAcademia
Just from observing the video, its entirely possible this might be a perception problem on part of the officer behind the girl. We can see that as she is walking away, the officer is walking towards her from behind. As he starts to gain speed, you can see the female half turn towards him while bring her arms up,
Its possible that he perceived her movement as possibly having, or going for, a weapon on her persons, resulting in the push.
Now, thats a guess form watching the video. 6 years on the force and no instances of use of force (which in 6 years is pretty amazing in my opinion). Also, this occured some time ago, and was not brought up until a police employee found the video on youtube. It is good to see th department taking a proative approach instead of waiting for any potential vitims to come forward first.
As I ahve said in other threads, and officer use of force is based on what the officer perceived at the exact moment the use of force occured. The anglewe are watching the video at is from the side and wide, meaning we can see the 15 year olds actins, and the officers.
Keep in mind the girl was facing away from the officer and the officer could not see what the girl had in her hands / on her person because of his angle.
The only other question I have is who took the video, and what prompted them to be in that exact place at that exact time near what appears to be the start of the incident?
Also, to avoid argumetns - I am not condoning the officers actions, but merely pointing out another angle that some might not consider.