Yes, I saw nothing that was unreasonable. He put three people on the ground to control them. Began to handcuff them. The rowdy one? He placed him in the backseat of his squad car so he wouldn't have to listen to him. He directed the people to get back. Told them he'd already summoned assistance. Wanted that one guy to just shut up.
What we don't know is WHY he did those things. He didn't mistreat them; he didn't rough them up. He was attempting to control what may have been a crowd around him unhappy with what was going on. He was in a tough spot.
So now I'll ask you. What did you think was wrong with what he did? 'Cause here's what I know about a copper's job: it can turn terribly, terribly ugly in a New York Minute. As I said, he was in a tough spot.
Well, since you asked. I have an awful lot of respect for police officers. They have helped me on many occasions and my experience has always been good. I know however that that is not always the case. It is not the case more than I would like to see. I do understand that it is a very very difficult job to say the least.
In this instance there is a distinct disadvantage to assessing what happened because it picks up with the cop already taking action. Without knowing what lead up to it (really lead up to it not what is claimed to have come before) it is hard to know if the steps he took were really necessary or if he over-reacted. If I am to believe that statement by the father, if I accept that as true and accurate, then I feel like the cop over-reacted and his actions were excessive. The reason I feel this way, is because a cop has
to be the level head in situations like this and I feel like his behavior escalated rather than calmed things down. I acknowledge that that is difficult to do but that is what they are trained to do and what they are responsible for doing as I understand.
It seems odd to me that this particular scenario would have required taking out a tazzer and cuffing a 14yr old boy face down on the pavement (especially when that 14yr old boy is a scrawny kid who is basically peeing himself over what is happening)
I will add the woman didn't help at all and if anyone needed tazzing it was here, I think she was guilty (at least on the tape) of the most aggressive behavior.
So bottom line.....we need to know what happened before the tape started rolling but if the fathers version of what happened proves accurate I think the cop got carried away and over did it.