Friday, April 11, 2014

Stick Time

http://www.policeone.com/Officer-Safety/articles/7066749-Video-Ill-officer-brawls-with-suspect-at-gas-station/

An officer went to a gas station to check on a report that a woman with warrants was there.  When he contacted her this other guy got involved and confronted the officer.  The officer used pepper spray against the suspect but to little effect.

My first question is, where is the officers baton?  I surmise that it's in the car because who needs a baton to take on a woman with a warrant?  Answer, the officer who has to deal with her boyfriend.  As a result the officer ends up in a boxing match and later the emergency room.

I have carried at least five different kinds of batons in my career as an officer.  All of them had advantages and disadvantages.  All of them were useless in the patrol car.  Carry your baton on any call on any field contact; that's what the SGT Says.

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