In the ordinary business of policing the police are obliged to make arrests of belligerent individuals. This is a fact of life in the regulation of human conduct. There are two kinds of belligerents that are commonly encountered resisting arrest. There is the nonviolent resister, mouthy disrespectful beings intent on not following the directions of authorities. This was as seen in the disgraceful exobition in a high school classroom this last week. There are also violent resisters such as the one that started the riots in Ferguson Mo. Both of these ended badly for the same reason.
Tombstone courage or failure to recognize the need for backup.
I am a 30 year veteran of policing and a past president of the police guild of a medium sized pacific North West city. (See my book: A View from the Street / River City Policing) I have made many arrest under both of the situations articulated above. I have learn from bitter experience that there is no shame in taking the time to properly ramp up the number of personal needed to make these arrest. One on one may make us feel brave, and we are the home of the brave, but it makes us look like thugs, when we are dealing with some 98 pound, belligerent, thuggish girl, that we can roll up in a ball and boot into the rear of a patrol car. It will never look good when viewed through the prisms of the arch enemy of the police “the nightly news”.
This is what I have learned
That there is no such thing as a fair fight. Fair exercise of power in an arrest. is five on one. or one officer to control each arm and leg and one officer to explain to the crowd of on lookers why this violent person is being handled in this way. This officers sole responsibility is to point out the areas of resistance to the grate uninformed masses what the hell is going on. I have even gone so far as to call in the fire department and have an individual stretched out on a back board and laced up between two back boards because he was so violent and would not quit. This episode was drug induced. One 98 LB. high school girl was so violent that four officers had to hold her down and tie her up with ropes. One of us could have done the job but both the officer and the girl would have suffered great bodily harm. What made her mad? We removed her drunken boyfriend from the dance and she jumped on the back of an officer.
The point I am making here is that all officers should whenever possible never try to remove a belligerent one on one. Just because they haven’t clocked you yet don’t mean they won’t, and if they do you are, as a reflex, are going to clock them back. If you don’t get hurt at the scene of the arrest you will be hurt; as seen on the nightly news.
GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!