Last week, Eric Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by a New York City medical examiner. Garner, you’ll recall, was the Staten Island man suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes, and for that heinous crime he was swarmed by police who proceeded to put him in a chokehold until he died. The brutality was caught on video, and has become another infamous example of police overreaction.
A day or so after the death of Garner was deemed a homicide, video surfaced of two New York City police officers attempting but failing to subdue a suspect:
It’s not clear when or where the incident happened, or what the suspect did to warrant arrest or detention, but it’s clear that the police were overmatched and perhaps reluctant to use the (non-lethal) weapons at their disposal.
Wherever this video has been posted so far, commenters have been all too happy to note that the video shows two female officers failing to hold down a suspect. And obviously this is the case. I’d even add that the suspect looked like Marshawn Lynch in beast mode against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC playoffs in 2011. But it’s hardly a guarantee that two male officers would’ve fared any better.
On one hand, it’s tough to imagine what goes through the mind of any cop when faced with a resisting suspect, especially if one is considered dangerous (unlike Eric Garner). Again, what the fleeing man in this video did was unclear, but it suffices to say that hopefully he was apprehended at some point, assuming he did something truly illegal and especially if it was violent in nature. You also can’t help but wonder if there might be some reluctance on the part of police officers to use force that might be interpreted as excessive ,particularly if they’re being filmed, which of course the public has every right to do.
On the other you would like to think that when two of New York’s finest are facing a person they’ve deemed fit to be arrested, that there would be a surefire protocol for making sure that happens. This should be especially true if two police officers are literally able to get their hands on a suspect.
h/t: Live Leak