Up until the dog, I was thinking I understand the cops are wanting to get his arms behind his back and he is not letting them. the concern is when hands are in front of a resisting subject on the ground it can access a gun in the wastband if one is there so it is a concern. The tactics the officers used to do this were not all that impressive but a police chief can't nickel and dime a force response if the force is not unreasonable given the totality of the circumstances. However when the dog is released on the guy all bets are off. It was clearly unnecessary and the potential for severe permenant damage and disfigurement is high and there were enough officers there to gain compliance without the dog. Definately worth a different response from the administration
I'm sorry but I disagree. The amount of force used even before the dog was brought in seems to me to clearly be excessive - you can see five guys kneeing him, kicking him and stomping on his head. You say they were trying to get his hands behind his back; perhaps they were, but this guy was clearly in "survival" mode, completely overwhelmed and curled up on the ground in the fetal position in under 15 seconds
; at that point, he was likely acting on pure instinct and adrenaline, and sought to protect his head against a continuing brutal beating he could not escape instead of hearing and understanding spoken orders (if any were given).
So if you were in that situation, even if you could hear and understand what you're told to do, would you simply comply and let your hands go and hope
that the multiple people brutally beating you stop instead of killing you? I'm betting the answer is "no
" - and video like this is a good reason why you wouldn't and shouldn't.
What makes this even worse is that these thugs
started this; this guy never laid a finger on them
despite assertions to the contrary by them (remember, there is video of the whole encounter, including video of these cops laughing and snapping pics with their cellphones while the guy is getting mauled by the dog while laying on the ground severely injured and bleeding profusely).
He got beaten up because he talked back and cops feel that when they put on their pants every morning they are entitled to respect. But respect is earned, not worn, and talking back to or insulting a cop is a protected activity
under the Constitution (see, inter alia, Swartz v. Insogna
) and not cause for an arrest, a beating or anything else.
This is a case of cops who lost their cool, and became the thing they are supposed to protect us against. It happens - cops are human beings and make mistakes. That's not the problem. The problem is that they won't face the consequences for their action as someone without a badge would. They are still walking around, policing...
And it is that
fact, coupled with the reaction by the higher-ups, including the comment for this idiot of a chief that is outrageous and shocking. I don't doubt others cops will have a similar reaction and stand on "their" side of the blue line. It's this "us. vs. them" mentality, the sort of behavior shown in this video, and the reactions by the chief, police unions and officers, that makes people feel that, individually, cops are nothing more than thugs with fancy badges that let them operate with impunity and that, collectively, they are nothing but another gang.
And this is a view that, unfortunately, is justified.