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Stacey Abrams: Republicans could send off-duty law enforcement into polling places next year to intimidate minority voters

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Via the Free Beacon, there’s some agita online today about Abrams floating another hair-raising theory of corruption at the polls after insisting without evidence for months that she’s the rightfully elected governor of Georgia. Although, interestingly, she seems to be backing off that last claim now — somewhat, allowing last night that “I don’t know that empirically I would have won” last year.

Does that mean the rest of the party is now free to punt on the burning question of who the “real” governor is, or do racial politics require them to hug the “Stacey won” talking point tight even as she’s inched away from it?

Anyway, she’s on firmer empirical ground in worrying about off-duty patrolmen turning up in majority-minority districts in 2020 on behalf of the GOP. It sounds outlandish but that actually happened in New Jersey in 1981. Armed off-duty cops showed up at the polls in black neighborhoods wearing armbands identifying them as part of the “National Ballot Security Task Force,” which sounds like an official government agency but was actually just an outfit thrown together by the RNC. (There’s a Wikipedia page and everything.) It created enough of a stir that the RNC entered into a consent decree the following year in which it promised not to use such tactics for 35 years. The consent decree lapsed in 2017 and the DNC went to court to try to get it extended but lost. So, in theory, the RNC is free to try this again. Whether they’d dare do that in an age of ubiquitous smartphones and social media, when evidence of the “Ballot Security Task Force” staring down black voters in line to vote could and would be streamed in real-time on Election Day, is a separate question. But that’s the genesis of Abrams’s complaint.

The most newsworthy soundbite from her in the media yesterday wasn’t this, by the way, it was her answer to the Times when asked if she’d agree to be VP if asked. Answer: Hell yes.

So in saying you’re open to other opportunities, that includes any potential selection for vice president?

I would be honored to be considered by any nominee.

But my responsibility is to focus on the primary. And that means using the primary as an opportunity to build the apparatus to fight voter suppression. Because in the end, no matter where I fit, no matter which ones of our nominees win, if we haven’t fought this scourge, if we haven’t pushed back against Moscow Mitch and his determination to block any legislation that would cure our voting machines, then we are all in a world of trouble.

The hard truth for her is that she’s not an obvious pick for any member of the top tier. She’s a good demographic balance for Biden and Sanders but they’re each so old that her lack of federal or statewide experience would attract intense scrutiny. She’s not such a great demographic balance for Warren and Harris since Dems would worry that an all-woman ticket might scare off some working-class voters in the midwest. Her best pairing, I think, would be with someone like Buttigieg or Beto, running as part of a “youth” ticket where you wouldn’t need to worry that the president won’t make it through a full term. Plus, Buttigieg has no federal or statewide experience either; voters will have to clear that hurdle psychologically in voting for him much more so than they will with her as VP.

Exit question: When was the last time someone without federal, statewide, or military experience was put on a ticket *as VP*? Trump lacked all three as well, but Trump had to run the gauntlet of a national primary election. Republican voters sized him up and declared him worthy notwithstanding his lack of government credentials. Abrams is aiming to land on the ticket as an appointee, not as the choice of Democratic voters. I think the last person to pull that off was Sargent Shriver, George McGovern’s VP in 1972, although Shriver had served as ambassador to France and as head of the Peace Corps so he’d had some nominal federal duties before he was named. Abrams would be breaking new ground in the VP slot.

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Evil Signs of Things to Come: Classmates of the Dayton Shooter Recall His High School ‘Rape List’

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High school classmates of 24-year-old mass shooter Connor Betts are speaking out about signs that called attention to the Ohio gunman long before he opened fire outside a crowded bar Sunday morning.

Connor drove to the shooting site with his 22-year-old sister, Megan, along with a companion of hers.

Also along for the ride: nearly 250 rounds of ammunition.

He was purportedly killed by police within about half a minute of his first shots being fired.

But the murderous spree left nine dead — including Megan and her friend.

Some schoolmates of Betts aren’t surprised.

Jessica Masseth attended Bellbrook High School with Connor; she was a sophomore during his freshman year.

She claims she began receiving disturbing texts from him that year, telling her she was on his “rape list.”

As reported by The Daily Beast, the messages described in detail “what he wanted to do to” to her.

One text listed all his intended victims.

Finally, Jessica went to the cops.

Masseth says word of the 15-person “rape or kill” list spread quickly in 2010. He kept it in a notebook he carried.

“He had a kill list that was mostly guys and then a rape list that was mostly girls. … The lists basically had any girl who turned him down, any girl who thought they were above him, and any guy that was competition or was seen as a threat.”

Jessica was surprised to find herself among his targets — she was “not one of the popular girls.”

She described the future mass murderer as having a “God complex mixed with Iwantattention’”

To the best of her recollection, she never had a full conversation with him.

But, as expressed Monday, she remembers the evil signs of things to come:

“I was not surprised at all when I heard his name on the news yesterday. We predicted he would do this 10 years ago.”

And she wonders why law enforcement didn’t do more:

“In the texts, and on the lists, he talked about destruction and dismemberment. I mean how did the police not know he was going to do something like what he did this weekend? Everyone knew he was not right.”

Another classmate who spoke to The Daily Beast anonymously explained that she learned of her place on the list when she was questioned by police in the school’s office:

“There was chatter at school that a kid was taken off the bus by the police but we weren’t really sure who it was. But then police started asking me questions about Connor Betts and whether there was any reason he would want to hurt me. … My best friend and I on that list. But a good amount of girls on the list were girls that didn’t want to date him. I personally never perceived our relationship as that close.”

She noted that the list was explained to her as a “kill, dismember, and rape list.”

It wasn’t only the girls who were disturbed by their strange peer.

From The Associated Press:

[A] male classmate, who was on the track team with Betts, said Betts routinely threatened violence toward other students.

“Most people avoided him,” the man said. “He would say shocking things just to get a reaction. He enjoyed making people feel scared.”

According to a cheerleader who was on Connor’s list, a cop notified her of her inclusion; additionally, he told her the boy had been suspended:

“The officer said he wouldn’t be at school for a while. But after some time passed he was back, walking the halls. They didn’t give us any warning that he was returning to school.”

To Jessica Masseth, suspension wasn’t nearly enough:

“He basically got a slap on the wrist. If he was only held accountable, this shooting would have never happened because he wouldn’t have been able to buy any firearms. There are levels of failure here.”

When he graduated, she said, it was clear he was still “not right.”

Jessica believes what happened Sunday could be seen — and prevented — from years away:

“Everyone in high school knew what he was capable of, but there was a gap in getting Connor help because people just decided they didn’t care. If people just cared a little more, none of this would have happened.”

So many times after a tragedy such as Sunday’s, news of precursors stun the public. How should things have gone differently? How could authorities have kept a close look on Connor in a way which would’ve prevented a massacre?

What could’ve been done — in the way of law enforcement, mental health, or any other — in order to have changed the course of history?

I want to hear from you. Please share your thoughts and insight in the comments section.

-ALEX

 

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Victory: SC City Decides to Allow Police Officers Monument With the Lord’s Name to Be Reinstalled

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On Thursday, I wrote about the controversy surrounding a police officers monument in Tega Cay, South Carolina that the city decided to alter and then later remove after complaints from some residents about its Biblical references.

The city first made the crazy decision early in the week to scratch out the Lord’s name on the monument in hopes it would appease those who had expressed objections to the references. Here’s what it looked like:

The next day, however, they announced they were going to remove the monument entirely:

“We have received many comments, both locally and nationally, in response to the monument at the Tega Cay Police Station,” the city said in a statement posted Facebook. “We attempted to find a compromise but failed as our community has further divided.”

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“Hopefully folks understand why it was there. Hopefully folks understand why it has been removed. The text,” said Tega Cay City Manager, Charlier Funderburk.

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“At this time, we have removed the monument while we continue to seek a solution that expresses our unwavering support and gratitude to those who risk their lives every day for ours,” they said.

The good news is that today they reversed course and now will not only restore the references to the Lord’s name on the monument but also will reinstall it at its original location. Here’s what the city posted on their Facebook page:

After careful consideration and much conversation with people on both sides of the discussion, City Council has made the…

Posted by City of Tega Cay, SC (government) on Friday, July 26, 2019

As I said yesterday, they never should have taken it down to begin with. After all, you can’t please everybody. But in the end, they made the right decision. All’s well that ends well.

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Missouri Police Department: Hiding Felony Suspect’s Loud Flatulence Ratted Them Out

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Being on the lam from police can make a person nervous.

But when you’re hiding from cops, every criminal knows there’s one thing you never do.

Every criminal — but one.

This past weekend in Missouri, law enforcement was able to “sniff out” a suspect wanted for a controlled substance violation.

While hiding — and with cops trying to figure out their location — the subject of the hunt blew it.

Out of their lower intestine, that is.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Dept. posted to Facebook about the incident:

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Posted by Clay County, Missouri Sheriff on Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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Apparently, despite the charge, their fart was one substance they couldn’t control.

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St. Louis’s Fox2 wrote:

Law enforcement in the Northland relied on some basic senses over the weekend to help them track down an alleged criminal.

“We’ve gotta give props to Liberty PD for using their senses to sniff him out!” the Liberty Police Department told KTVI.

I suppose it’s fitting that the incident occurred in Liberty — in an ironic and poetic twist (of the colon), the perhaps-soon-to-be-jailed suspect gave the fart its freedom.

As the city put it:

“Thanks to @SheriffClayCo for airing out a wanted person’s dirty laundry and fanning the flames.”

This isn’t the first time a biscuit of the air variety has made the news. See for yourself:

Florida Woman Farts, Pulls Knife On Man In Dollar General, Cops Say

Man Jailed For Making Restaurant Bomb Threat Claims He Was Referring To His Imminent Bowel Movement

As for the moral of the story: Remember, kids — when you’re trying to avoid the lurking popo, watch out for APB’s (an Alerting-Police Butt while running from an All Poots Bulletin).

And depending on what you’ve had to eat, beware not only the popo, but that same word with the last two letters reversed. Again — controlling the substance is key. 

-ALEX

 

 

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Is This a Dream? British Government Gives Domestic Violence Victims Dull Knives So They Can’t be Stabbed with Them

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How’s about a story that’s so dumb you can’t believe it exists?

I GOTCHU.

In Britain, they’re trying to prevent violence.

So naturally, they’re doing the obvious: Authorities are taking away people’s sharp knives and giving them dull knives in return.

Aaaand utopia ACCOMPLISHED.

Folks who’ve been threatened at knife-point will receive, in a trade and compliments of the Nottinghamshire Police, “no point knives” to keep in their homes.

“No point” — that’s a good name for them, in more ways than one.

As communicated to the Independent by a law enforcement supervisor, the move’s simply something Brits need to do:

“We do see a fair amount of knife-related incidents in domestic abuse, not just on the streets. This is a measure we need to take. We want to reduce that risk. It is a trial. We have about 100 of them – and we have so far given out about 50. The knife is blunt at the end – but still functions as a knife – so you can’t stab someone.”

In case you’re wondering if this is a dream: No, this is really happening. You’re awake right now, and this is the world in which we’re all really living.

It’s really this dumb of a place.

The government’s idea, it seems, is that chicks in domestic violence situations will take home the knife that’s crummy for stabbing, and then their toxically masculine man’ll try to shank ’em, but then, in a British accent: “DadGUM! This thing won’t stab! Guess I’ll stop.”

Of course, now that the sharp knife is gone, that’s one less weapon the victim has, too.

Way to go, goobs.

The UK’s been at war with knives for quite a while now. Last year, a judge asserted any knife over 8 inches should be blunted on the end. Besides, who needs a knife, except a chef?

“I would urge all those with any role in relation to knives – manufacturers, shops, the police, local authorities, the government – to consider preventing the sale of long pointed knives, except in rare, defined, circumstances, and replacing such knives with rounded ends,” the judge said in a ruling. “It might even be that the police could organise a programme whereby the owners of kitchen knives, which have been properly and lawfully bought for culinary purposes, could be taken somewhere to be modified, with the points being ground down into rounded ends.”

Is the Western world really at a point where, if you don’t absolutely need it, you shouldn’t have it?

If so, I can think of a whole lotta things other than knives that need to go. Like judges’ opinions on knives.

Dr. Jessica Eaton, the founder of victims-rights group Victim Focus thinks she knows who came up with the knife-swap program:

“Morons.”

She appears to have a good nose for this sort of thing. And she can’t cut it off despite her face — her knife is too dull.

Or it will be, once cops figure out that you can still slash someone with the blade.



Also:

Dear UK:

Knives can be sharpened.

-ALEX

 

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NC Jewelry Store Manager out of a Job After Refusing to Serve a Uniformed Sheriff’s Deputy Because He Was Armed

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A store manager for a Kay Jewelers in Statesville, North Carolina is looking for work after a sheriff’s deputy says he was refused service because he was armed.

In a Facebook post published Wednesday, the Iredell County Sheriff’s office wrote that a uniformed deputy went to the store on his lunch break to pick up an engagement ring. That’s when things turned weird:

A uniformed deputy, while on his lunch break, was notified the engagement ring he had purchased for his upcoming wedding proposal, had been sized and was ready for him to pick up at Kay Jewelers located on Turnersburg Highway in Statesville.

The deputy took his meal break to pick up the ring, and was met at the door by the store manager, who informed him he was not allowed to wear his service weapon while on their premises.

The deputy informed the manager he was in uniform and his marked patrol car was in the parking lot, and it would be a violation of policy for him to remove his service weapon while in uniform.

The sheriff’s office went on to note that that policy was in place for a reason:

This policy is in place for not only the safety of the deputy, but the general public as well. The manager stated our deputy would need to return to the store at a different time when he was not armed. The deputy left the store, without the ring he had purchased.

The Iredell County Sheriffs Office, along with Sheriff Darren Campbell, are deeply saddened at a situation involving a…

Posted by Iredell County Sheriff on Wednesday, June 5, 2019

As a result of this incident, Kay Jewelers has issued a statement indicating that the manager is no longer employed by the store:

Sheriff Darren Campbell told WBTV News in the video clip below that he believes the deputy was refused service not just because of his gun, but because he was wearing a law enforcement uniform.

“This was an attack because of a uniform,” Campbell stated. “This was an attack because this officer, a young officer – his chosen profession is law enforcement. And he was refused service because of that.”

Watch:

As I’ve written before on this issue, it still floors me when I think about the fact that the idiots who refuse service or who otherwise give shoddy/disrespectful service to our military veterans and law enforcement officers actually think they can get away with it.

Military veterans and law enforcement officers share time in their respective fields under the harshest conditions imaginable. They train together. They work together. They shed blood, sweat, and tears together. They have each other’s backs. They’re willing to take bullets for each other.

And it’s deeply personal to every one of them when one of their own comes under attack, whether in the battlefield, in the line of duty here stateside, or in the normal, everyday roles they serve in their communities.

Anti-law enforcement/military service workers (which I assume is the case here) should know better than to think that the people who rush to protect and defend their fellow Americans whether at home or abroad are actually going to take being insulted and disrespected lying down.

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Student Artwork that Portrayed Police Officers as Pigs Removed from a City Building in Ohio After Outcry

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A student’s artwork that depicted a pig dressed in a police officer’s uniform was so controversial that it has been pulled from the Madeira Municipal Building in Ohio.

The Cincinnati Inquirer reports:

A piece of student artwork portraying a pig in a police uniform was removed before the opening of a long-running annual art show following complaints.

The Madeira City School District is not identifying the student but said organizers of the annual Madeira Art Show requested removal of the artwork. The piece, along with other student work, was displayed in the Madeira Municipal Building for public viewing prior to the May 5 art show.

Public reaction to the student art, specifically the piece depicting police as pigs, was strong.

[…]

The artwork was part of the student exhibit that hangs annually in the Madeira Municipal building, according to City Manager Tom Moeller. The works feature the original creations by Madeira students of various grade levels. There were dozens of pieces of art displayed.

Per WCPO, the building also houses the city’s police department, which was part of the problem:

The choice to display it in a city building, however, sparked threats against the student artist, outraged calls to the Madeira Police Department — which is headquartered in the same building as the art display — and, ultimately, an early removal. In a statement, Madeira City Schools said it had arrived at the decision “out of concern for the safety of the student.”

Watch their report on the controversy below:

The National Coalition Against Censorship condemned the decision to remove the student’s work:

As defenders of free expression and artistic freedom, the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) condemns the removal of a student artwork from an exhibition in Madeira, Ohio. The removal of the work shows a deep disregard for the young artist’s constitutional right to free expression, and is a flagrant violation of free speech principles. It is a sad day when the message school administrators choose to send to students is to refrain from expressing their opinions about contemporary social issues lest they offend someone.

Judging from the mixed reactions in local news reports to the artwork and the decision to remove it, local residents and community leaders are torn between believing in the First Amendment rights of the student and understanding why the police department would be upset and concerned.

The department did not say in its statement whether or not they had requested the artwork be removed.

(Via The Blaze)

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New ICE program for local law enforcement has ACLU outraged

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Stand by for the incoming lawsuits. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is rolling out a new program this week that was requested by various sheriffs’ departments and other local law enforcement agencies around the country. What they’re doing is setting up a system whereby local law enforcement will be able to gain the legal ability to execute arrest warrants for illegal aliens, even if they are in “sanctuary” areas with state or local rules prohibiting them from cooperating. Known as the Warrant Service Officer (WSO) program, eligible local LEOs will be able to receive training and enter into a partnership with ICE, allowing them to hold illegal aliens for up to 48 hours so ICE agents can come to pick them up. (The Hill)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday announced a new program that would allow local law enforcement officers to start arresting and temporarily detaining immigrants on behalf of the agency, even if established local policies prevent them from doing so.

Local jurisdictions that join the new program will be temporarily exempted from any local or state rules preventing them from cooperating in immigration arrests or detention, and allow them to execute arrest warrants issued by ICE, according to an agency release.

ICE will have 48 hours to transfer any immigrant arrested and detained under the program into its custody, or the immigrant will be released.

You can read the full announcement from ICE at their website, but the details are fairly basic. Once a local agency enters into a WSO agreement with ICE, they can sign up for the aforementioned training and then get to work. For those concerned that it would put local sheriffs or police in additional danger or take up too much of their time, it won’t.

The key here is that the local officers will only make these arrests if the illegal alien is already in their jail. If the alien is on ICE’s list but they are about to be released, the sheriff or police officer can arrest them again under this new program and hold them for up to 48 hours so ICE can come to pick them up as they normally used to with a detainer. It’s still the safest way for them to do business.

Of course, no sooner was the program announced than the ACLU was up in arms. They’re once again accusing ICE of all manner of sins, though it sounds as if they haven’t even read the details of the program yet.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was quick to condemn the move, calling it the “latest scheme by ICE to enlist local police in its abusive deportation agenda.”

“The agency explicitly aims to subvert the will of local communities that have passed ordinances to prevent exactly this kind of cooperation between police and ICE,” ACLU’s deputy political director Lorella Praeli said in a statement. “Participants would be forced to carry the financial burden of ICE’s aggression, potentially costing the state millions in operational expenses and legal fees.”

Yes, the group is very upset at ICE’s “abusive deportation agenda.” In some circles that’s also known as “doing their jobs.” As to the “financial burden” being imposed, we’re talking about suspects who are already in jail anyway possibly staying there a couple of more days. And ICE already has programs in place to defray such costs on local police and sheriffs’ offices. But don’t let a few pesky facts stop you from being outraged. Where’s the fun in that?

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WATCH: Teen Florida Restaurant Workers Spit in Food Meant for Local Deputies. They Were Later Arrested.

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WPEC reports on a disgusting incident in Florida involving three teen restaurant workers who are alleged to have spit in the food of two deputies before serving it to them:

Three teens were fired and arrested for reportedly spitting into Okeechobee County deputies’ food.

Two uniformed, on-duty deputies stopped at the Highway 55 Restaurant for dinner last Saturday, according to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office. It was later discovered that three teenage employees conspired to spit in the deputies’ food.

An anonymous person later notified the restaurant owners what happened.

The owners immediately watched surveillance footage that confirmed the accusations, the sheriff’s office said. The three employees were immediately fired and Okeechobee police were called.

Watch video of the incident below:

The sheriff’s office posted this press release indicating that the three teenagers were arrested and charged after an investigation was completed:

[The] high school students were each charged with Florida Anti-Tampering Act- Food, a 1st Degree Felony and Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO), a 3rd Degree Felony.

All were transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Sheriff Noel E. Stephen stated,”There is no excuse for actions such as this and will not be tolerated.” The deputies were notified and treatment is not required at this point.

In other words, the sheriff’s office is not messing around.

Unfortunately these types of incidents where food service workers target law enforcement officers are not uncommon. But something I wrote a back in March on this issue still applies now, and I’m going to share it again:

It still floors me when I think about the fact that the idiots who refuse service or who otherwise give shoddy/disrespectful service to our military veterans and law enforcement officers actually think they can get away with it.

Military veterans and law enforcement officers share time in their respective fields under the harshest conditions imaginable. They train together. They work together. They shed blood, sweat, and tears together. They have each other’s backs. They’re willing to take bullets for each other.

And it’s deeply personal to every one of them when one of their own comes under attack, whether in the battlefield, in the line of duty here stateside, or in the normal, everyday roles they serve in their communities.

Anti-law enforcement/military service workers (which I assume is the case here) should know better than to think that the people who rush to protect and defend their fellow Americans whether at home or abroad are actually going to take being insulted and disrespected lying down.

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WATCH: Wild Viral Video Shows Lone Cop Fight Two Rowdies at the Beach. Someone Made a BIG Mistake

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A video of a police officer taking down two drunk and unruly characters has gone viral, and for good reason.

It’s a two-against-one melee.

The scenario plays out amid the chaos of the Young and the Sandy — twenty-something partiers on the beach.

The cop gives ’em a little bit of What For while keeping his cool.

Somehow, he’s able to take on the pair of dudes simultaneously. If I had to guess, I’d say “somehow” = ’cause o’ alcohol. And the fact that he’s huge and knows how to take it to the mat.

You ready?

How ’bout a good ol’ fashioned slam to the (somewhat soft) ground? How’s about a professional submission-commanding chokehold?

The officer expertly takes control — as opposed to the boys in blue here and here.

It’s a little hard to watch, and the chokehold gives me great pause. But without more information, I say let’s give the officer the benefit of the doubt: He appears to be there alone, which I believe makes it unlikely he was trying to abuse his authority.

Presumably, whatever led to the detention justified the policeman’s actions.

The video’s gone viral, but it’s dated 3-8-2015 on YouTube. Call it a late bloomer. And call him Sgt. MMA.

At a point, one of the fellas even tries to tap out.

Check out the master class in taking calm control of the situation below (WARNING: LANGUAGE).

And especially for all you with a background in law enforcement, what do you think? Are his actions acceptable procedure? Let us all know in the Comments section.

-Alex

 

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