Police and the Citizen

The arresting of a peaceful drunk took eight men, two
squad cars, a fire engine and ambulance.

I guess all through history, there has been a bit of a battle between the
police and the citizens.

The police seem to feel everyone they come into contact with is a

dangerous, vicious and an armed criminal.

The truth is most of the people they come into contact with are not criminals
at all.

I would venture to guess that 95 percent of the arrests are not of “criminals,”
just
ordinary citizens who messed up. They aren’t killing, robbing or harming,
but none
the less, they were breaking laws.

In the past 30 years, I have seen several police activities personally. They
were all
similar. The police appeared to have been using excessive force. Of
course this is just
my opinion and I’m sure some of these small citizens could
have been dangerous to
the overwhelming number of huge well armed
officers.

Today, I saw another example of this.


A Public Drunk


As I walked to get my lunch time coffee, two burley officers thundered by me
and tackled a man walking away. They both collided with him and he hit the
sidewalk without warning.

Just a fraction of a second behind them were two more officers, plain

clothes, in hot pursuit. The tackling officers told the plain cloth officers it was
under control.

He was handcuffed on the spot.

As I walked on a security officer asked if there was some resistance, I told
him “No, there was a tackle.”


His Crime


I came back that way with my coffee and asked the security guard, “What
did he do?” The guard explained he was drunk and had been arrested 4
times before for this.

As I walked on, sure enough, he was drunk or at least appeared to be under
the influence of something. He was still on the sidewalk handcuffed.

I walked on. The officers told him not to get up. The handcuffed man did
sound intoxicated.

As I crossed the street and wondered about all this, I heard sirens. First a

fire truck from one direction and then the paramedics from another.

I stopped about half a block away. Sure enough, the fire department showed
up for this event. By now there were at least four officers there as well as

the four firemen.

I recall watching an old television show where the drunk as invited to sleep

it off and go home. What happened to helping citizens? I do know it still
happens.


EXCESSIVE AND UNNECESSARY FORCE


But this was a blindside tackling on concrete and there was no
communication that I heard such as halt or stop.

The man must have been injured, why else call in the fire department and
paramedics?

I see this as an unnecessary application of excessive police force and a

huge waste of money. The man was not resisting. At the worst, he was
leaving.

I’m not saying it’s okay to be drunk in a public area especially where there
are families and lots of public at lunch. I personally don’t appreciate the

bums and derelicts that collect in many areas. I find them offensive. But I
don’t expect them to be violently handled!


Public Image


The police action did not give me a "friendly city" impression.

I’d like to see officers realize not everyone is a violent criminal. Learn to
observe the difference!

At the same time, do watch for the person who is not cooperating and be
ready to apply all the force needed!

Just realize only an extremely small fraction of the public are really

dangerous.

I’d say from my observations half of the dangerous ones are criminals and

the other half are police officers who are not observing who they are dealing
with!

Hopefully, the officers involved never connect this with me and find a reason
to take me down for “resisting arrest” when there was little if anything to
tackle me for and absolutely nothing to arrest me for besides observing and
"Commenting On the Times."


Carl Watts

See related articles
Comment on The TimesThe Police and the Citizen,
Fourth of July,
2008” and “The Police and the Citizen Second Edition” and
The Citizen and the Police, Good News.”

©2008 Carl Watts www.carlwattsartist.com  3/16/08. Incident viewed 3/14/08. Modified 3/29/08, 7/4/08, 9/15/08, 11/8/08 011015
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