Saturday, April 10, 2010

Time Is On Our Side

Former Memphis cop testifies of beating to prisoner by arresting officer » The Commercial Appeal

Don't beat people who are not resisting. We just got a ruling from the courts that we are not to use the Taser on people who are not resisting, then we certainly should not be beating people who are not resisting. Using the handcuffs as brass knuckles is also not a proper technique.

Passive resistance is still resistance, but unless there is an unusual circumstance, taking your handcuffs and beating the suspect in the head is not a good idea. Get another officer. Use leverage and pressure points to get the suspect to move. I use my knuckles or even a small flashlight to apply pressure to the suspects muscles so that they cannot maintain the tension. It hurts only while the pressure is applied and it does not injure them. The suspect will let go and can be forced to the ground for handcuffing.

Sometimes, like in this instance the suspect was already in jail. It's not like they were going to escape. The suspect was curled up on the floor of the jail. Just leave them there. Back off a few steps and let them sit there an whine. Eventually they will get tired, hungry, sore, thirsty and have to get up. There is no reason to beat them into doing what you want, and you don't have to give them what they want. Time is on our side. Use your time wisely; that's what the SGT Says.


Ann T. said...

Dear Bunkermeister,
I can see where this stand could be taken advantage of by the citizenry, especially (what comes to mind) dotty people who don't have enough to do.

The under-involved also show up in stores sometimes, wanting counseling, an item that doesn't exist, a conversation, or somebody to kick at. We wait on them too. They get more time if we have time.

Also, the person who lives in a neighborhood generally has a sense who is supposed to be there and who not. I am sure your example is less frequent than the 'nothing came of it', but I do agree.

Ann T.

Bunkermeister said...

Can we not spare a few minutes of conversation for an 80 year old lady who lived through WWII and paid taxes for 60 years? Is that not part of the "serve" in "protect and serve?"