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Video: Jiu-Jitsu Teacher Defends Officer from Attacker

Video: Jiu-Jitsu Teacher Defends Officer from Attacker

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San Francisco Examiner via YellowBrix

April 22, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO – As The San Francisco Examiner first reported, a jiu-jitsu instructor saved a San Francisco police officer from a pummeling after an alleged incident involving a Muni citation.

Now, there is a video of the event.

Police say that 23-year-old Paris Augusta assaulted a police officer after the cop escorted him off a Muni bus following a routine fare inspection. Augusta allegedly walked away from the officer and a reserve officer, before one of the cops chased after him and placed his hand on Augusta’s shoulder.

Augusta allegedly turned around and punched the officer, police said.

Jiu-jitsu instructor Pedro Arrigoni — who had just finished a class at the AB Mixed Martial Arts Academy at 2975 San Bruno Ave. — said he saw the suspect attack the officer, and that he then rushed out to subdue the man.

The video obtained by The San Francisco Examiner does not show the original alleged attack by the 5-foot-9, 166-pound Augusta, but it does show the response by Arrigoni.

Augusta was taken into custody and he was booked for assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, police said.

WARNING: Video contains graphic language that some viewers may find offensive.


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    SkoolCop49

    over 3 years ago

    1560 Comments

    Good rear guard and nice side choke. Got to love Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!!! Glad to see that the officers and the instructor are ok after the incident!

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    jeady

    over 3 years ago

    150 Comments

    This Idiot should be banned from ever holding a camera of any kind. My five year old grand son could do a better job. and as for the moron that said that the choke hold was illegal need some instructions on messing with the police. there ain't no rules.

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    pddme094

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    It wasn't a choke hold. ANd if it had been? We may wear the uniform but citizens coming forward like this is the way it should be. How many people are just watching?.... and listen to the guy giving his commentary about a "choke hold". .... WHen situations like this arise, the citizens should help out. Excellent.

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    bstites

    over 3 years ago

    1028 Comments

    This guy has a future in shooting videos. I mean it had the earthquake effect and everything! I also got to see he wasn't wearing shoes and what he was wearing that day. Oh look! There is cops on the ground.

    Bump wiseass. I agree

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    KC_Pig

    over 3 years ago

    30 Comments

    "That choke hold's illegal!"

    There are rules in a street fight?

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    TxLeo1210

    over 3 years ago

    28 Comments

    My city has an "incitement" ordinance, that says if you are standing around a fight and inciting it further by verbalization, guess what. That's right you're taking a little ride downtown.

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    beauinlieuof

    over 3 years ago

    88 Comments

    When an officer is attack if the citizen is able to help prevent another sad statistic in the police community I applaud them for it. That citizen had the right training for the job. I m glad he was of help.

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    ltdstock

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    The video appears to be very serious. The onlookers and witnesses are causing more trouble as usual. It looks like the Jiujitsu Instructor has an extremely clean and effective upper body lock. To me, he looks like he stopped the officers from being seriously hurt. The Officers have weak empty hand control and the wrist look does not seem to be working. I am not sure what the other unit is doing except laying on one of the offenders legs. The control and demeanor of the Instructor are impressive. The attitude of the fellow Jiujitsu student shows lots of confidence in what the instructor involved has applied. The PD should recruit the Jiujitsu Instructor as a consultant.

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    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10982 Comments

    Wasn't much of a video. But thanks for the help.

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    esu

    over 3 years ago

    498 Comments

    every crowd like this has its instigator!

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    batman2944

    over 3 years ago

    738 Comments

    I don't know why the phone man even turned his camera on!! But like most have said already, thanks to the BJJ instructor who stepped in to help. I agree with gycho that the hold looks more like simple controlling of the suspect's head. Either way, thanks again. And thank God the officers were not hurt!! As I always say.....

    "Train for the Fight"

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    Silent_Observer

    over 3 years ago

    446 Comments

    As far as assault charges, the only way stuff like this ends in assault charges is if there is excessive force. If he did an all out ground and pound after the guy was down, yeah there might have been some repercussions. It is the exact liability police have (albeit without the union lawyer to defend them).

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    Silent_Observer

    over 3 years ago

    446 Comments

    horrible footage, but good work. I'm glad to see stuff like this - especially in the bay area where police / civilian interaction tends to be a bit tense on both ends.

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    Deputy_Carter

    over 3 years ago

    74 Comments

    In Texas, the good Samaritan would be justified in using the force he did to help the officer as well as any third person without being subject to penalties. Note: The person in the background encouraging the attack and threatening the samaritian, in my opinion, should go to the lockup for just being an instigator. Great job Mr. Instructor! He should be rewarded with an award or plaque for helping.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    In Massachusetts and several neighboring states there is a law on the books that an LEO can order a citizen to assist. If they fail, they are subject to arrest. They can also commandeer vehicles, etc. But this is not practiced very much. I still recall the words "In the name of the Commonwealth....."

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