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The officer said that as he went to arrest the woman he was surrounded by a crowd that was voicing anti-police sentiments, including "We need to start killing these officers."
Police said the woman’s daughter was grabbing the officer while trying to free her mother. The officer said he tried to diffuse the situation by explaining to the crowd that the woman had just punched someone and was armed with pepper spray. Police said his words were ignored, and the struggle with the two people continued.
The older woman punched the officer in the face and grabbed him by the throat, according to the release.
The officer said he could see many in the crowd were recording the incident on their cellphones while some accused him of misconduct and using excessive force.
A witness told police he or she "felt the officer was in trouble" and said it appeared someone had gone for his gun.
The two women were arrested when more officers arrived.
"He demonstrated fantastic patience and restraint in dealing with these folks," Madison Police Department Capt. Vic Wahl said. "He was able to literally get assaulted in the midst of a large crowd and still take these women into custody without causing any injuries to anyone."
Police said Latonya B. James, 40, of Madison, threatened many times to kill the officer while on her way to jail. She was arrested on suspicion of battery to a law enforcement officer, possession of pepper spray, disorderly conduct and resisting.
Nanyamka N. James, 20, of Madison was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, resisting and on a parole hold.
Police said a nearby resident who was not involved in the melee told a detective the officer who was battered has, in the past, done a great job reaching out to residents and communicating with the neighborhood.
originally posted by: intrptr
This is how riots get started. Some cop starts it by playing grab ass with somebody in a crowd. Then the crowd reacts, then more cops arrive, then more people react and pretty soon its, "we're taking rocks and bottles, rocks and bottles".
Just add teargas and stir.
originally posted by: TXRabbit
I say pull them all out. Let the animals be animals. If they want to hurt/kill/maim each other so be it.
Um, I doubt you read the same article I did.
I wonder if you would have done the same.
Police said Latonya B. James, 40, of Madison, threatened many times to kill the officer while on her way to jail. She was arrested on suspicion of battery to a law enforcement officer, possession of pepper spray, disorderly conduct and resistin
originally posted by: Answer
A simple fact that these people don't seem to grasp: the police will always win.
originally posted by: The Vagabond
a reply to: network dude
The officer brave? For what? Walking around with a gun protecting the public from women they don't want to see arrested? He's a damn fool for not minding his constitutional role as a glorified mail man. He could have walked the hell away with a name and handled this like any other crime that can't be resolved in the moment. It's not heroic to insist on getting your way right away every time no matter how far you have to escalate. Just tell the courts whom to summon and we'll do this the civilized way- not everyone has to be put in chains immediately for the good of society.