As a 14 year police patrol vet let me be a trained, experienced voice here. Not a reactionary ad hominim voice.
This video shows nothing objectively right or wrong. The legal standard for police action is detailed out in Graham v Connor and is called “objective reasonableness.” In a basic sense, this standard tests an officer’s actions against what a “reasonable” officer would do in the same situation with the same knowledge the officer had.
The action the officer performed is called a ‘decentralization.’ This is a very low use of force on most state’s continuums.
Things to note: the woman is resisting. I observed her take at least one swing at the officer as he is setting up the decentralization. When she is on the ground the two things I immediately noted is 1) the officer is NOT putting his full weight on her and 2) she is resisting with all her strength.
The video shown is so edited as to be almost useless for anyone to determine what actually happened. The Vultures, aka the media, edited it to ONLY give us the most controversial details.
This reminds me of a video several years ago out of Cincinatti where the Vulture edited movie only showed when the officers used force on a male. When the full video was viewed it was the subject who started calling the officers racist names, took a boxing stance, told the officers he was going to kick their butts and then attacked the officers.
To try to make any kind of determination based on this video is futile. We do not know what happened before the video started. We don’t know the female’s actions prior to the officer use of force, except even the Vultures state she became “upset.”
And, most important to any legal determination, we don’t know the officer’s mindset and decision making process leading up to the use of force.
Please remember that “resisting an unlawful arrest” is NOT a legal defense.
The problem with video is viewers automatically assume a mind-set of the actors that may or may not be true.
This is blatenty obvious by the comments that immediately call the officer “bigotted” and “racist.” If one draws this conclusion based off this video that person is what they are accusing the officer of, in point of fact.
Please also note that no one has produced a study using the official FBI collected statistics showing this alledged police racism bias.
Even IF this was shown in statistics, it would be a logical fallicy to assume this would be due to officers. There are other possibilities including a possible disparity in crimes committed by different groups - do not assume you know what groups I’m talking about.