reply to post by Corruption Exposed
This situation is almost a cookie-cutter replica of a training scenario which almost every agency holds in their academy and post academy training.
I would love to see the reactions of all of those people out there who perceive this as brutality if they were thrown into the training scenario. To
give you a run down, let me be the instructor. I will tell you what the scenario is. Imagine that there is another instructor standing next to a
motorcycle while the entire class watches you. Here we go...
"Ok cadet, you have just initiated a traffic stop on a motorcycle at a high rate of speed. You cannot read the tag so you dont know if the vehicle is
stolen, was just used in a robbery or other forcible felony. The motorcycle has led you on a high speed pursuit for the past ten minutes. During this
time you have avoided colliding with other vehicle, operated and alternated your sirens, relayed your location and speeds over the radio, directed
your backup units, and watched the drivers hands for weapons to the best of your ability. Your heart is pumping and adrenaline is rushing but you have
not exerted any physical exhaustion leading you to acute sight awareness and auditory exclusion. The vehicle has come to a sudden stop. WHAT DO YOU
DO?! YOU ARE LIVE TAKE ACTION!"...
At this point you should think to give verbal direction, not only for the felon but for you as well. You need to find a course of action. If you fail
to give verbal command the felon will run or if the training officer wishes he may chose to open fire. In this case the scenario goes cold, you either
lost your prisoner or are dead. Lets assume you gave verbal commands. Hopefully it was for the felon to get on the ground. Now back in action...
"YOU TOLD HIM TO GET ON THE GROUND BUT HE REFUSES CADET YOU NEED TO TAKE ACTION WHAT DO YOU DO GET UP THERE!!"
Now you run up to the felon and hopefully watch his hands because you are trained that hands are what can kill you. You should decide to take the
felon to the ground because you need to effect an arrest and having someone on the ground is much more controllable and there are less risks involved.
If you attempt to arrest him standing up the instructor will either attempt to fight and flee or possibly pull a weapon out or maybe attempt to pull
yours from the holster. If you did not take him to the ground again the scenario might go cold and you may be dead. Back in play.
"HES ON THE GROUND BUT HE IS NOT GIVING YOU HIS HANDS WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHY ARENT YOU ARRESTING HIM!! DO SOMETHING YOU ARE GETTING TIRED, HE MIGHT
HAVE A WEAPON!!"
At this point you should revert to training. You have been trained that when attempting an arrest which the subject resists you should offer a higher
response to resistance. Unfortunately you cannot talk his hands behind his back, you must overcome his strength. What if he is stronger than you or
what if he has a tactical advantage? You are trained to offer distracting blows to various points on the body that will afford you precious seconds to
thwart his strength with pain. If you do not successfully do this the instructor may again pull out a weapon and cut you or shoot you. Of course again
there is another opportunity that you would be dead and your family would not see you go home that night.
In these scenarios officers are not trained to use the highest force necessary, otherwise it would be easier to just shoot the person rather than risk
your life to apprehend them. Especially when you know from experience that these felons may get a 6 month probation plus time served sentencing which
is nothing when measured to apprehending someone who would have killed you that night. These officers are trained to expect and prepare for the worst
because you never know when the time may come. When someone verbally, then physically resists arrests any prudent person must assume that there is a
reason. If you chalk it up to the person just being a jerk then you risk your life for no reason.
I have to forgive everyone for assuming the worst in the officers because for people who are not faced with risking your life every day it must come
to a shock the means necessary to do the job while maintaining your integrity. I am by no means dismissing all officers from being held accountable
for excessive force, as I have personally seen the effects of officers making those judgments who were wrongful for doing so. I am trying to show you
how these officers in this video were following the training they were given which no matter how much you do train for, as seen by the 128 officer
deaths in 2012, does not always weigh in your favor.