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Breakdown: Does Video Show Reasonable Force or Not?

Breakdown: Does Video Show Reasonable Force or Not?

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February 10, 2011

EXCERPT FROM THE NJ ATTORNEY GENERAL’S USE OF FORCE GUIDELINES:

“Physical force is employed when necessary to overcome a subject’s physical resistance to the exertion of the law enforcement officer’s authority, or to protect persons or property,” the guidelines say. “Examples include wrestling a resisting subject to the ground, using wrist locks or arm locks, striking with the hands or feet, or other similar methods of hand-to-hand confrontation.

“A law enforcement officer may use physical force or mechanical force when the officer reasonably believes it is immediately necessary at the time:

a. to overcome resistance directed at the officer or others; or

to protect the officer, or a third party, from unlawful force; or

c. to protect property; or

d. to effect other lawful objectives, such as to make an arrest.

“Deciding whether to utilize force when authorized in the conduct of official responsibilities is among the most critical decisions made by law enforcement officers. It is a decision which can be irrevocable. It is a decision which must be made quickly and under difficult, often unpredictable and unique circumstances.”

“Sound judgment and the appropriate exercise of discretion will always be the foundation of police officer decision-making in the broad range of possible use of force situations,” the policy says. “It is not possible to entirely replace judgment and discretion with detailed policy provisions.”

However, “law enforcement officers whose actions are consistent with the law and the provisions of this policy will be strongly supported by the law enforcement community in any subsequent review of their conduct regarding the use of force.”


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    MeanStreets949

    over 3 years ago

    2318 Comments

    Bottom line......we are always being video taped. Conduct yourselves accordingly.......

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    GrayPanther

    over 3 years ago

    1272 Comments

    Stupid is as stupid does. We weren't there, so mark it down as suspect noncompliance and an idiot amateur "journalist" doing a hack job on the video.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    The media at it's finest. Thumbs DOWN!

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    UMPDAux

    over 3 years ago

    144 Comments

    These videos are getting really old. They have absolutely no idea what they are talking about when they make these.

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    JCorrea

    over 3 years ago

    144 Comments

    They guy was drunk and wouldnt leave the area after being warned numerous times......I wasnt there but know a few NBPD LEOs. Of course....when you mix alcohol....college....and a young immature individual....it can only equal a big mouth that wants to be the center of attention. Well sonny, you got it. Too many times these videos are posted or recorded without any true evidence...meaning.....after the situation has escalated and the crowd has formed or as this shows...the police taking control of the situation by any means necessary and protection themselves and one another from a more potentially serious situation.

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    MarlyB

    over 3 years ago

    5046 Comments

    1. You can't see the officer's fist connecting with anything.
    2. The video-maker totally deflates his already inadequate 'evidence' with a goofy voice-over and derogatory titles.

    WHAT A MAROON!! LOL!!

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    SuzanneNGa

    over 3 years ago

    16562 Comments

    Me too Blueblood, I wasn't there...

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    Blueblood1974

    over 3 years ago

    5204 Comments

    I cant say anything here, I wasnt there.

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    Amaradus

    over 3 years ago

    18 Comments

    Glock what are you saying? The camera angle is literally a point of view, and I never said that the video showed all the information, I am saying that the video is what is used by the narrator to support what he is saying, and what he is saying is actually what happened in this video at this angle and all that stuff. I am not saying it is the right angle, and I never said all the information is there. If you read carefully I am just connecting what the guy says to what we see in the video that is all, he throws some opinions in there and some theoretical number crunching but nothing that is too extreme. Now I don't agree with what he says, but I do agree that it is a plausible way of looking at the situation. It goes along with that whole saying that "perception is reality". Like I said before I don't see anything wrong here on the officers part.

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    clobster

    over 3 years ago

    1552 Comments

    Watched without sound. Very reasonable. Nothing to criticize or critique.

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    MerBear3

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    Compliance jabs...enough said...Highly doubt this musician has had to retrain anyone.

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    SERT0629

    over 3 years ago

    474 Comments

    Hey, Mr. Musician. Dont Quit Your Day Job...What Do You Know About Taking A Suspect That IS Resisting Into Custody? NOTHING!! Looks Like Necessary Force To Gain Compliance To Me.

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    MERNUS

    over 3 years ago

    178 Comments

    What does this kid know. Compliance jabs...

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    spc_rand

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    Those look like compliance jabs to me!

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    spc_rand

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    What a moron!!! I hope his music is better than his narration!

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